When the Boston Bruins come to town everyone in Buffalo knows there is going to be a war on the ice. The Bruins are as tough and skilled a team as there is in the NHL. This was true of the first period tonight as the Bruins and Sabres battled hard and it was punctuated with first period brawl between Buffalo’s own Patty Kaleta and
Boston’s Gregory Campbell, of which it appeared Mr. Campbell bit off a little more than he could chew. Kaleta is not the biggest of heavyweights but man can he throw. In regards to actual game action the first period, while scoreless, was an absolute joy to watch. There was hitting, big saves, and tons of scoring opportunities. Ryan Miller picked right up where he left off Saturday with numerous big time saves.
As the second period rolled around you could easily tell which team was playing back to back and which was fresh. The Bruins really took it to the Sabres but Miller again stood on his head and the teams traded goals and took it to the 2nd intermission 1-1. The Bruins goal was a nice snap shot from Brad Marchand and Sabres tally was a very patient Tyler Ennis dipsy do in front.
The same story in the third as the Sabres appeared to be skating in cement. The Bruins took the lead for good on a bad bounce on off the boards on a Bruins power play that bounced right back to Patrice Bergeron and he didn’t waste time sniping it into the top corner. The Bruins added a late empty netter by Lucic and there you have it the Sabres fall to 5-7-1 on the season. All in all a much better team effort however, which hopefully carries over to Tuesday’s match-up in Ottawa.
It will be interesting to see if Tyler Myers is back in the lineup in Ottawa as well. My view is that 2 games should be enough to prove the point to Myers that he needs to tighten his game up and fast. If it isn’t then we could be in for a long season for the young phenom.