The Buffalo Sabres beat the Boston Bruins last night. They scored FOUR goals, which is a ton for this team. It helps that Chad Johnson was the goalie (not the football player), and let in a couple of butter-soft goals. Of course, it seemed that Miller was going to match him with a rough patch of ‘tending, with two goals by Marchand but those were it for the night.
The goal-scoring came from a variety of sources, and included some hard work in front of the net. Foligno took a Jamie McBain shot off the chest and tapped it in, for instance. I like that Myers scored, even if it was a “hey, might as well try it – it went IN??” goal. Stafford had the game-winner on a wraparound. It was that sort of night for the B’s backup goalie.
Special recognition to Ville Leino for the dive of the week, drawing a tripping call on Milan Lucic. On the downside, karmic retribution came on short-handed goal. Marcus Foligno had the Gordie Howe hat trick.
Buffalo and Boston do it all again on Saturday, with 12:30 tussle in Beantown. I imagine we’ll see Tuukka Rask this time.
Just a few things I saw that might help the Bruins after last night’s game:
- The opposing team’s best offensive player should probably be covered. You may even want to shove him around a bit when he’s parked in front of the net on a power play.
- Tuukka Rask’s default move when a goal-scorer is near probably shouldn’t be ‘lie on my stomach’.
- That best offensive player I mentioned? Passing him the puck yourself – with a gentle nudge of your hand, no less – also not recommended.
And a few notes for the fans of the Bruins:
- We know that Lane MacDermid wasn’t brought up to ‘deal with John Scott’.
- The timeout was taken because the wrong Sabres were on the ice. Tough guys versus skill players is not something you want if you’re a coach. Reverse the situation, and Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand are standing nose to bellybutton with John Scott (or Jared Boll, or Colton Orr) at a meaningless late-game faceoff, you don’t want to switch them out?
- Actually, I kind of want Ruff to own that, since it bothers some of the Bruins players so much. “Oh, that? Yeah, I called that timeout for a victory lap. What of it?”
By the way Sabres fans, this really wasn’t one to crow about after today – the defense on the Buffalo side was just as brutal, only Ryan Miller bailed ’em out more than Rask bailed out the Bruins. Many of the same problems remained from the Leafs disaster.
That was a tear your hair out type of game for both fanbases last night, but I’m glad the Sabres came out on top. They meet again in just over a week, and it’ll be interesting to see if there is any carry-over. Might depend on how Thornton’s doing.