Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bruins finish season sweep of Sabres with 3-1 win


Buffalo Sabres @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on December 31, 2016.
The Bruins finished their season series against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday with a 3-1 win.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 2nd goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 7th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Later, Bruins Tim Schaller scored his 5th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead. Late in the period, Sabres Jack Eichel scored, making the score 3-1 Bruins.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 26 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 19-7-0-3 with a 1.92 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 28-27 and blocked shots 17-15. The Sabres led the game with a 54% faceoff percentage and hits 31-22. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Sabres went 0-for-4.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 5 shots. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 hits and 5 blocked shots.

Noel Acciari, David Backes and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 20-15-4 with 44 points this season and are in 3rd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 5-3-2 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 9-9-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday, when they visit the New Jersey Devils, at 7pm ET.

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