NOTHING BRUIN FOR SABRES
Wednesday, 11.23.2011 / 10:26 PM / THE AFTERMATH
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
It only took 83 seconds for the game’s expected fireworks to take place. Eleven days removed from Milan Lucic’s hit on Ryan Miller in Boston, Paul Gaustad responded when he squared off with Lucic in front of the Bruins net in the first period.
“It was an unfortunate incident in Boston. I give credit to Milan for fighting. It’s something guys don’t have to, but he did,” said Gaustad. “And it was something that, myself, I wanted to step up after I thought I could’ve done more in the Boston game. We’ve moved on from that point in Boston, and I think we’ve become a better team because of it.”
Despite the loss, Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff was pleased with his team’s effort in the much-hyped return match with the Bruins.
“I said this morning that we wanted to be hard in a lot of situations. I was happy with how we played.
“We worked hard. When you have six or seven guys out of the lineup, and we lose (Brad) Boyes, I think you’re going to give up some opportunities.”
Boyes went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury early in the second period. After struggling to regain his footing, he hobbled to the bench at the whistle. Ruff said after the game that he expects Boyes to miss a “period of time.” Boyes was playing in his 513th consecutive game tonight and has never missed a game due to injury in his NHL career.
The Sabres jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on goals by Christian Ehrhoff and Thomas Vanek. Tyler Seguin cut the lead in half early in the second, before rookie TJ Brennan restored Buffalo’s two-goal cushion with his first career NHL goal in his first career game.
Brennan describes his milestone goal.
“Roysie made a good play coming up the wall, so I figured I could sneak down. The next thing you know the puck’s up there. Before I could think about it I just took a shot, and
The next thing you know all the guys are grabbing my face. I think I blacked out there for a second. - TJ Brennan”
Brennan is the first Sabres defenseman to score in his NHL debut since Lindy Ruff did it on October 11, 1979 against Washington.
Brad Marchand got Boston back within one late in the second, and Zdeno Chara evened the score at 3-3 on the power play 3:35 into the third.
Tim Thomas made 31 saves in the victory, while Jhonas Enroth turned away 36 Boston shots in the loss and dropped to 7-2-1 on the season. It was also Enroth’s first career loss in six shootouts.
NOTES: Patrick Kaleta was a late scratch with a lower body injury. Ruff said he tried to work through it at practice this morning after taking yesterday off for a maintenance day, but he wasn’t feeling healthy enough to play tonight.
6:56 - We're a little more than 10 mins from puckdrop. The breaking news appears to be that Patrick Kaleta will not be in the Sabres lineup tonight.
6:57 - CONFIRMED: Kaleta scratched, along with McCormick and Miller
6:57 - Sabres starters: Leino/Roy/Stafford, Ehrhoff/Sekera, Enroth
6:58 - Bruins starters: Campbell/Paille/Thornton, Ference/Chara, Thomas
6:58 - Caron & Kampfer scratched for Boston
7:07 - Anthems done.. time for some hockey in downtown Buffalo!
7:08 - Game on!
7:10 - Welcome back Jochen Hecht! And he just misses a goal on his first shift, tipping the puck through the crease
7:10 - Milan Lucic takes his first shift of the game to a chorus of boos
7:11 - Ding ding! Goose vs Lucic
7:11 - That was a heavyweight tilt!
7:12 - They each get 5 for fighting
7:13 - Regehr rubs out Marchand along the boards near the Buffalo bench
7:14 - Sabres called for Too Many Men ... Boston gets two for elbowing
7:14 - 4 on 4 hockey for the next 2
7:17 - 9 seconds left in the penalties. Enroth awkwardly stops Ference's point shot with his left pad
7:18 - Strong work by Leino behind the net to keep the puck in the Boston zone.
7:19 - Stafford charges to the net and just misses going far side on Thomas with the deke
7:23 - 11:31 left in the 1st - no score. Boston holds a 4-3 edge in shots
7:24 - Corey Tropp with a game high 3 hits so far
7:24 - Gerbe threatening to take over that title quickly - he's been trying to hit anything in a white sweater.
7:26 - Lucic picks up a roughing minor much to the delight of the FNC crowd
7:27 - Thomas with a pair of saves early in the PP - stoned Vanek right on the doorstep
7:28 - Leino continues to play strong, working hard along the wall in the Boston end
7:29 - Here we go! Gerbe gets popped by Marchand, who in turn is drilled by Gaustad. Then all heck breaks loose.
7:30 - The only fight to come out of all this was Regehr v Chara
7:33 - Sabres end up with a PP
7:34 - 1-0: Christian Ehrhoff dialed long distance with that shot from the point. Thomas Vanek provided the perfect screen in front of Thomas. (11:56)
7:35 - Stafford and Gragnani with the assists on Ehrhoff's 2nd of the season.
7:37 - That goal snapped Boston's shutout streak at 174:07
7:40 - Stafford has come to play tonight. He got the jump on a Bruins defender at the Sabres blueline, and nearly completed the rush with a sick dangle on Thomas, while being hooked by Seidenberg. Sabres to the PP
7:41 - GOAL!
7:42 - 2-0: Thomas Vanek uses the d-man as a screen and unloads a wrist shot from 40 ft past Thomas. (15:22)
7:43 - Pominville picks up the lone assist on Vanek's PP goal.
7:44 - Adam called for slashing ... while Boyes hobbles to the bench on a wobbly right ankle
7:51 - End of 1: Sabres lead 2-0 on goals by Ehrhoff & Vanek. Buffalo also outshoots Boston 16-12
8:05 - Hits were even at 12-12 in first: Tropp & Gerbe with a game-high 3 each
8:08 - Game on!
8:11 - Tropp called for hooking after dragging down Paille behind the net
8:13 - 2-1: Seguin's shot from the point eludes Enroth, who may have been screened (3:37, PP)
8:13 - Bergeron and Peverly credited with the assists
8:14 - The "NO ICE!" guy is back in the 300 level! Haven't heard from him all season.
8:16 - TJ Brennan out there for Buffalo, playing in his first NHL game - and wearing #33
8:17 - Brennan is the 11th player to wear #33 in franchise history
8:18 - 13:31 remaining in the 2nd.
8:21 - Brad Boyes not on the Sabres bench - no update yet
8:22 - Chara with the big stick in the crease, denying Vanek his second of the game
8:23 - Huge save by Thomas on Stafford right in front
8:24 - Matt Ellis gets the gate for interference - although I'm not sure how that happened
8:25 - Looked like the Boston player was felled by Adam's high stick, not Ellis
8:25 - INJURY UPDATE: Boyes - lower body, will not return
8:26 - Regehr boxes out Chara in the crease, potentially saving a goal
8:28 - Tonight was Boyes' 513th consecutive game - looks like 514 might be in jeopardy
8:30 - 3-1: TJ Brennan sneaks in from the right point to bury his first NHL goal.
8:31 - Gragnani collects his 2nd assist of the night on Brennan's goal at 11:02
8:33 - Brennan's goal earns all the fans a discount at Moe's on Friday - talk about making yourself a fan favorite in a hurry!
8:34 - Ehrhoff goes off for interference when he drops his stick and kicks it into the neutral zone
8:39 - 3-2: Enroth has no chance as the pinballing puck lands on Marchand's stick, and he roofs it over the surprised goalie
8:40 - Bergeron and Seguin with the assists on Marchand's 7th at 16 minutes even
8:41 - 3:09 left - Bruins hold a 10-6 lead in shots this period
8:43 - Enroth with the blocker save on former Sabre Daniel Paille
8:44 - Krejci's one timer is turned away by Enroth
8:45 - Stafford and Ference get into a fight behind the Bruins net. Stafford rushed the net, and Ference apparently took issue with an extra tap at Thomas
8:47 - They each get 4 mins in penalties
8:49 - End of 2 - Sabres lead 3-2. Bruins ahead 13-6 in shots that period; lead 25-22 overall
8:57 - Sabres lead the hit parade 23-19: Regehr and Marchand with a game-high 5 each
8:58 - Stafford and Chara top both teams with 4 shots each
9:05 - Game on!
9:09 - Roy in the box for hooking at 2:11
9:11 - 3-3: Chara fires a point shot along the ice that beats Enroth stick side. (3:35, PP)
9:12 - Roy hits it into the net - with a high stick. No goal
9:14 - Seidenberg's shot is tipped and goes off the post
9:18 - Sabres are 9-0-0 when leading after 2 .... Bruins are 1-5-0 when trailing after 2
9:18 - 12:05 left in regulation
9:23 - Thomas stops Hecht on his patented wraparound attempt
9:24 - Gerbe runs into Chara, then Roy hits Lucic. Not the names I expected to be typing in the same sentence
9:28 - 6:14 left
9:32 - Faceoff to the right of Thomas with 5:21 left
9:33 - Tonight's 50/50 jackpot was over $23,000. If the winner wants to share any of it, you can find me at Cobblestone after the game.
9:34 - Seguin's backhand shot dribbles just wide of the left post
9:36 - 1:40 left in regulation
9:37 - Stafford with a bad angle shot that Thomas handles easily
9:38 - Krejci hooks Gerbe - and he's gone for 2 -- with 1:03 left
9:39 - Ehrhoff's point shot is tipped out of play with 15.6 seconds left
9:40 - That's it for regulation -- we're going to OOOOO-vertime
9:40 - Sabres will still have a power play for :57 to start OT
9:42 - Game on!
9:42 - Roy dribbles one wide after a great play by Ehrhoff to keep the puck in
9:43 - Back to 4 on 4
9:43 - Stafford swings wide and nearly tucks it past Thomas
9:45 - 2 minutes left in OT
9:45 - Enroth stops Horton in front point blank
9:46 - Gerbe cuts inside and gets off a shot that Thomas turns away
9:47 - We're off to a shootout
9:49 - Enroth is 2-0 in shootouts this season; stopping 6 of 9 shots faced
9:49 - Thomas is 1-0; and has stopped all 3 shots he's faced
9:50 - Sabres shoot first - Vanek
9:51 - save
9:51 - Seguin - save
9:51 - 0-0 after 1 rd
9:51 - Gerbe- save
9:52 - Peverly- save
9:52 - 0-0 after 2 rds
9:52 - Pominville- save
9:53 - Krejci- save
9:53 - off to sudden death...
9:53 - Roy-miss
9:54 - Bergeron-save
9:54 - 0-0 after 4 rds
9:54 - Stafford-save
9:55 - Pouliot- goal. Bruins win shootout 1-0
9:55 - Boston wins 4-3