BruinsSabres: 5 from the Third

BruinsSabres: 5 from the Third
March 11, 2011, 2:39 am
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins and Sabres tied at a 3-3 score after the first 60 minutes of their final regular season meeting of the year and headed for overtime.1)Really active day for Zdeno Chara amid all of the pressure and speculation. Two assists, two shots on net, two hits, two blocked shots and plenty of physical play that flies in the face of all the overreacting yahoos in the city of Montreal.2)Between the boarding call on Zdeno Chara in the second period, the tripping call on Tomas Kaberle that led to a goal in the second and the tripping call that led to a 5-on-3 goal for Tim Connolly in the third period, the refs had a dogs breakfast of a game in Boston while handing the Buffalo Sabres seven power plays. Tough to discern what the message is there, but the physicality certainly wasnt that one-sided. Ian Walsh and Brad Watson having a tough time out there.3)Where has Tomas Kaberle been over the last few games? He looked smooth and offensively creative in his first few games, but there hasnt been much hint of that 5-on-5 or on the power play lately. No points in his last six games with the Bruins, and one assist in nine games with Boston and only one power play goal.4)Only one takeaway for the Bruins against a Buffalo Sabres team thats been known to be loose with the puck on occasion among a young defensemen corps. That means there wasnt a great deal of fore-checking force going on tonight with the Bruins.5)Adam McQuaid has become so adept at pinching and keeping possession in Bostons offensive zone in such a short time. Its been amazing to watch for a player that so little was expected of offensively.