Friday, October 31, 2014

Bruins beat Sabres in overtime 3-2


Bruins Milan Lucic vs Sabres Chris Stewart, on October 30, 2014.
Yesterday the Bruins visited the Buffalo Sabres and came away with a 3-2 overtime win, a win they were lucky enough to get as the Sabres are one of the rebuilding teams in the NHL but the Bruins didn't look in-sync at times during the game. The Bruins defense did not look all that good, especially youngsters Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow.

On the other hand, defenseman David Warsofsky moved the puck well and looks more comfortable in the NHL than Trotman and Morrow right now. It says a lot about Matt Bartkowski, as he was scratched and three AHL defensemen got in the lineup. Looks like the Bruins moved the wrong defenseman before the season started.

Quick game summary
In the first period, less than a minute into the game, Sabres Chris Stewart challenged Bruins Milan Lucic and they dropped the gloves and had a good fight. Both guys landed a few good punches and ended in a draw. Watch the fight up above in this blog post. No scoring happened in the period.

In the second period, Sabres Drew Stafford scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Sabres. Later, Bruins Adam McQuaid scored his 1st goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Later, Sabres Tyler Ennis scored, making it 2-1 Sabres.

In the third period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 2nd goal of the season, tying the game 2-2.

In overtime, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 3rd goal of the season, winning the game 3-2 for the Bruins.

Game notes
Niklas Svedberg played in net and made 13 saves on 15 shots. Svedberg is now 2-2-0 with a 1.67 GAA and a .940 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 37-15 and faceoff wins 32-26. The Sabres led the game in hits 33-21 and blocked shots 18-13. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Sabres went 1-for-2.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 3 points (2 goals and 1 assist). Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 shots. Gregory Campbell and Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits each. Joe Morrow led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Torey Krug will miss 2-3 weeks with a broken finger. Matt Bartkowski and Matt Fraser were healthy scratches.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 6-6-0 with 12 points and are 5th place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday, when they host the Ottawa Senators (5-2-2) at 7pm ET.

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