Thomas in net for Bruins vs. Avs, Stuart scratched

Thomas in net for Bruins vs. Avs, Stuart scratched

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDENVER The Bruins are 13-4-5 on the road this season, and perhaps its the best place for the Black and Gold to go while banishing the losing taste from their collective mouths after a flat home loss to the Buffalo Sabres.Tim Thomas was the first goaltender onto the ice for the Boston Bruins, and fellow American netminder Craig Anderson was first onto the Pepsi Center ice for the Colorado Avalanche in this Saturday afternoon tilt.Thomas is 12-1-4 on the road, and is coming off a career-high 43 saves in a 3-2 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this week while Anderson is struggling with 1-5-1 with a 3.58 goals against average in his last seven starts.No changes to the Bs forward lines, but defenseman Mark Stuart has been scratched for the Bruins against the Avalanche. Stuart has only been back for a two games from a broken right hand, but the Bruins really like the way McQuaid has played this year -- and were looking for ways to get him back into the lineup.Peter Forsberg skated with the Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Saturday morning, and apparently Foppa is feeling pretty good -- a development that once again start cranking up the possibility that he and his creaky feet are angling for a comeback with Colorado.

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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