Sabres Charge 7-4, Bruins second loss of the season
Vanek Destroyed the Bruins Tonight
With 3 Goals and 2 Assists
Boston Ma, The game basically started as Shawn Thornton scuffled with Buffalo goon John Scott. Thornton was man handled by the 6 ft 8in 270lb Scott and consequently would miss the rest of the game. The first intermission hit with the game scoreless.
Second period saw some fiesty play from both sides. Thomas Vanek broke open the flood gates with a goal a minute 38 seconds in. The Bruins would then answer with 3 of their own one from Peverley and 2 from Marchand. Marchand had a highlight worthy goal as he swooped in from the wing making a sweet toe drag and finishing it by Ryan Miller. A two man advantage led to a Buffalo 5 on 3 power play goal by Thomas Vanek and moments later Tyler Ennis would tie it up, leaving the game tied at 3 going into the third.
The Bruins started with energy, and Krejci quickly answered with a goal from the slot. Again Buffalo would surge back as Alexander Sulzer tied it back up. Vanek again would feed a wide open Hodgson for the go ahead. Vanek would then finish the hat trick with a little more than a minute left to go as he found himself on a two on goalie and deaked Tuukka. Pomminville would pour salt in the wound with an empty netter.
Vanek was the difference maker for the Sabres, as he had 2 assists and 3 goals on the night single handedly winning the game for the Sabres.
Again the defense was suspect on a number of plays. The offense mustered 41 shots on goal compared to the 31 from Buffalo. Boston had a 5 minute major powerplay but committed a tripping penalty.
Tuukka didn't play great, but the defense surely didn't help him in a number of situations.
This was certainty not the kind of game the Bruins wanted, but might as well fix the kinks now rather than later on in the season.
The Bruins go back at it Saturday night in Toronto at 7pm.