BruinsSabres: 5 from the Second

BruinsSabres: 5 from the Second
January 21, 2011, 1:47 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Sabres knotted up at a 2-2 score after the first 40 minutes of hockey at the TD Garden.1)Gregory Campbell has four goals and four assists in his last seven games, and continues to be an incredibly underrated asset on the Bs roster. Some other high profile goal-scorers would do well to watch the way Campbell battles for the puck, and moves without it to the right areas of the ice for doing offensive damage. Whether its Blake Wheeler, Brad Marchand or anybody else, playing with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell has really agreed with anybody.2)The Bruins are leading the Sabres in hits by a 17-6 count after the first 40 minutes of the game. Legitimate count or payback for the homers that keep track of the stats at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo. Ill let you decide.3)Give Buffalo credit: theyre doing what they need to do keep in contention even if things dont look promising for them. Both Mike Weber and Patrick Kaleta went off and didnt return in the second period after blocking shots in front of Ryan Miller.4)Got to love the protective force field the refs have built around Ryan Miller. Blake Wheeler and Miller got tangled up in the second period and Wheeler was called for goaltenders interference that led to Buffalos second goal. Wheeler wasnt happy with the call as he left the penalty box and it did appear that he was shoved into the Buffalo netminder by the bodies crashing toward the Sabres net.5)Tuukka Rask got a little caught up in things in front of the net during Buffalos tying goal, and probably committed a bit too much to a Tyler Myers fake shot attempt that turned into a nice little cross-ice pass to Nathan Gerbe for a quick power play goal. Rask punched the ice in anger after the goal was scored, and its clear there was thought he should have stopped the nice little play. Five shots on net for Gerbe, who has been all over the place tonight.