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SABRES AND BRUINS GO AT IT ONE MORE TIME

Thursday, 03.10.2011 / 12:50 PM
By Rob Crean - Public Relations Director / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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SABRES AND BRUINS GO AT IT ONE MORE TIME

The Sabres and Bruins will close out their 2010-11 regular season series tonight in Boston as the longtime rivals face off for the sixth and final time.  The season series has been made particularly memorable by the hat trick heroics of Drew Stafford, who has netted seven goals in just three games against the B’s this season, including a pair of three-goal efforts.

Buffalo lost its first two meetings against Boston.  The first came in early November, when the Bruins visited HSBC Arena and handed the Sabres their sixth consecutive home loss to start the season.  The next loss was a tough one, as the Sabres gave up a lead late in the third period of a hard-fought road game at TD Garden, eventually falling in overtime on Dec. 7. 

When the teams met in Buffalo just over a week later, Stafford personally put an end to the struggles.  In his return from an injury, he scored all three Sabres goals in a 3-2 win for his first hat trick of the season.



 In the midst of the 2011 World Junior Championship, the Sabres hosted the Bruins on New Year’s Day in a game that may be remembered as the most exciting of the 2010-11 campaign.  The back-and-forth contest featured five ties and five lead changes. Stafford again was the difference, capping his second straight hat trick against the Bruins when he tied the game at 6-6 with just 28 seconds left in regulation.  The goals kept coming in the shootout, as five of the six shooters scored.  Ryan Miller stopped Zdeno Chara on Boston’s third attempt to clinch the victory.



In the most recent matchup, Thomas Vanek tallied a goal and an assist in the third period, including the game-winner (below) to lead the Sabres to a 4-2 comeback win on the road in Boston on Jan. 20 to improve Buffalo’s record against the Bruins to 3-1-1 on the year.



Since the dramatic New Year’s victory over Boston, the Sabres have gone 16-8-4, climbing from 11th in the Eastern Conference to eighth, where they currently sit entering tonight’s game. 

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82