Morning Skate 223: Some leftovers from Calgary win

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Morning Skate 223: Some leftovers from Calgary win

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

VANCOUVER Its so far, so good for the Bruins.A piping hot Calgary Flames team was swallowed under by an energized Tim Thomas and a resurgent top line featuring David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and it was pretty clear the Bs put a size 12-boot to Calgarys momentum and puffed-out chests.Now comes the real test for the Bs, however: three off days in Vancouver including a ceremonial bobble-head night for Milan Lucic at a Vancouver Giants game on Friday night before a Saturday tilt against the Canucks, who had their doors blown off by the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night.There will be plenty of talk about the sheer awesome force of the Canucks power play, the breakout year for Ryan Kesler and the Wonder Twin Powers of a Sedin Brother combination that just keeps getting better and better every single year.For now, a couple of numbers from last nights BruinsFlames games: Four blocked shots for Tomas Kaberle on Tuesday night, and five blocked shots overall in his first two games with the Bruins. Thats a good sign that Kaberle is going to really push defensively. Four takeaways for Patrice Bergeron, who only finished with an assist on the scoresheet but was a dominant player all over the ice against Calgary. A team-high five hits for Milan Lucic, who was playing with snarl, physicality and a noticeable chip on his shoulder against the Flames that hasnt consistently been there over the last couple of months for No. 17. 22:51 ice time for Tomas Kaberle, which lead the Bruins on Tuesday night and showed exactly how much of a workhorse the puck-moving defenseman can amount to for Boston.Onto the links:
Versus Network will be putting together some special NHL trade deadline programming another good sign of how much more intensive their NHL coverage just keeps on getting. Spector takes a look around the hockey world and gets a round-up on all of the rumors percolating around the NHL. Peter Stastny blows a gasket on a St. Louis radio station and crushed Colorado management for ripping apart an Avalanche team with their Erik Johnson deal of last week. NBC's Pro Hockey Talk spills the details. I cant wait until How I Met Your Mother gets hold of this Don Cherry rap video, and gives it the Robin Sparkles treatment. Looks like the Canucks are circling the wagons and getting ready for a statement game this weekend against the Bruins. The Black and Gold had best be prepared. A well-done SI.com video piece on the rehabilitation of Mike Danton, who went to prison for attempting to arrange the killing of his Svengali-like former junior hockey coach. Danton is hoping to get back into pro hockey now that hes out of jail. Newsday with some deep thoughts after Eric Staal completely obliterated brother Marc Staal with a heavy hockey hit when the Hurricanes and Rangers met on Tuesday night. Its time for the Ducks and Kings to stand up and be counted in the Western Conference, or get busy with their golf vacations.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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