Friday, February 5, 2016

Bruins actually win a shootout, beat Sabres

Three stars of the Boston Bruins @ Buffalo Sabres game on February 4, 2016
Three stars of the Boston Bruins @ Buffalo Sabres game on February 4, 2016. Watch the game recap video here.
On Thursday, the Bruins visited the Buffalo Sabres and it was rather a pretty boring game despite a few big hits. The game would go into overtime and it looked like the Bruins were trying to hold on for a shootout as they are definitely not built for 3-on-3. To my surprise the Bruins came away with a shootout win with Ryan Spooner scoring a nice goal and Tuukka Rask stopping all opponents he faced.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Sabres Evander Kane scored, making the score 1-0 Sabres.

In the second period, Sabres Sam Reinhart scored, making the score 2-0 Sabres. Less than a minute later, Bruins Ryan Spooner scored his 11th goal of the season, making the score 2-1.

In the third period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 23rd goal of the season, tying the game 2-2.

In overtime, no one scored.

In the shootout, Bruins Ryan Spooner scored the only goal to win the game 3-2 for the Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 26 saves on 28 shots. Rask is now 18-15-5 with a 2.51 GAA and a .916 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 33-28. The Sabres led the game in hits 23-17, faceoff wins 31-28 and blocked shots 15-12. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Sabres went 0-for-3.

Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 shots each. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Joonas Kemppainen, Joe Morrow and Tyler Randell were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 27-18-6 with 60 points this season. The Bruins are now 16-5-3 on the road this season. The Bruins are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday, when they host the Buffalo Sabres, at 7pm ET.

Gustavsson update
On Thursday before the game, the Bruins announced that they activated goalie Jonas Gustavsson off the injured reserve, as he was cleared by the Bruins medical staff. The Bruins also assigned goalie Malcolm Subban back to Providence (AHL).

On Friday, the Bruins announced that forward Joonas Kemppainen was assigned to Providence (AHL).

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