Boston 2 – Buffalo 0
Sunday, March 31, 2013
First Niagara Center
David Krejci and Nathan Horton each had a goal and an assist in the third period, leading the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 blanking of the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday at First Niagara Center. Bruins’ netminder Anton Khudobin made 26 saves to earn his second career shutout.
The loss snapped Buffalo five-game point streak (3-0-2) at home, and dropped their overall record to 13-17-6. Combined with Philadelphia’s overtime win against Washington, the Sabres find themselves in 13th place in the Eastern Conference with 32 points, three behind the New York Rangers for eighth spot. The Bruins are fourth in the conference with 48 points, and trail Montreal by one point for the Northeast Division lead.
Ryan Miller stopped 29 Bruins’ shots in the loss, and his record now stands at 11-5-5.
The Sabres and Bruins have split the first four games of their season series, with the rubber match coming up on April 17 in Boston.
MILLER TIES THE DOMINATOR
Ryan Miller played in his 491st NHL game tonight, placing him in a tie atop the franchise list with Dominik Hasek for most games played by a goaltender. Among active goaltenders, Miller is ranked 11th in games played, trailing Henrik Lundqvist (497) and Martin Biron (506). On the NHL’s all-time list, Miller is now tied with Guy Hebert.
Thomas Vanek missed his third straight game with an upper body injury… Ville Leino did not play for Buffalo, and it was announced before the game that he’s day-to-day with an upper body injury.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
The shutout loss was Buffalo’s third of the season… Buffalo did not have to kill off any penalties; both Sabres’ penalties were coincidental minors… Buffalo was scoreless in four power plays, the 21st time this season they’ve failed to score with the man advantage… 267th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 116-111-40 series record; 71-43-21 all-time against the Bruins at home.
The Sabres wrapped up their seventh of nine sets of back-to-back games tonight. They are now 1-5-1 in the second game, and 3-2-2 in the opener. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is as follows: four points (1), three points (1), two points (1), one point (2) and zero points (2).
BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 25:46
Shots: Stafford/Pominville, 4
Blocked Shots: Weber/Ehrhoff/Regehr, 2
Hits: Patrick Kaleta, 5
Faceoff Wins: Steve Ott, 14
Total Faceoffs: Steve Ott, 23 (14-9)
BUFFALO’S RECORD WHEN...
Opponent Scores First: 4-13-2
Tied after the first period: 8-7-3
Tied after the second period: 6-5-0
Outshot by an opponent: 10-12-2
Overall: 17/130, 13.1%
Home: 9/63, 14.3%
Overall: 107/139, 77.0%
Home: 37/50, 74.0%
* Tuesday @ Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
* Friday vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
* Sunday vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.