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ZADOROV SCORES 1ST NHL GOAL IN LOSS

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak)

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ZADOROV SCORES 1ST NHL GOAL IN LOSS
Boston Bruins 5, Buffalo Sabres 2
Three Stars of the Game
Milan Lucic
1st
Milan Lucic
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:01
Nikita Zadorov
2nd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 17:44
Torey Krug
3rd
Torey Krug
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:53

Rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov was happy to score his first NHL goal, but another loss by the Buffalo Sabres put a bit of a damper on the postgame celebration.

The Sabres clawed their way back into their game against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at First Niagara Center, but ultimately fell short yet again.

Torey Krug scored twice in the third to give the Bruins a 5-2 victory. Milan Lucic also recorded a pair of goals and defenseman Dougie Hamilton chipped in one as well. Chad Johnson made 14 saves in his Bruins debut.

Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo's other goal. Ryan Miller stopped 28 shots. The Sabres fall to 1-9-1 on the season.

“They’ve got a strong team over there from their D all the way up to their forwards and we didn’t match them,” Sabres co-captain Steve Ott said. “Simple as that. A veteran-based team just took over the game and kind of steamrolled us in the third.”

The goal by Zadorov, which cut Boston’s lead to 3-2 with 4:50 remaining in the second period, was the first of his NHL career. It came in his second game on his first career shot. At 18 years, 6 months and eight days, he became the second-youngest Sabre to score. Only Pierre Turgeon at 18 years, 1 month, 24 days was younger when he scored his first career goal with the Sabres.

The Bruins’ first two goals were scored by Lucic. The first game with 8:59 remaining in the first and the second came 0:40 into the second to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Hodgson’s power-play goal made it 2-1 at the 8:29 mark of the second, but the Bruins came right back 3:29 later as Hamilton scored on a 2-on-1.

Bruins forward Loui Eriksson left the game 5:49 into the third period after being hit by Sabres forward John Scott. As the play went back down the ice into the Buffalo zone, he dropped the gloves with Andy McQuaid in the corner. Scott received a charging major and a fighting major as a result.

“I’m not going to comment on it,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said after the game.

The Sabres managed only two shots on goal in the third period, the second one coming with 2:34 remaining in regulation. Even with that lack of offensive production, Miller felt responsible for Krug’s pair in the third that put the game out of reach.

“I think we could’ve had a little more to say in that third period. I need to come up with some saves for the guys,” he said. “The [last] two goals aren’t very good. It’s about the most disappointed I’ve been in myself all year. So 3-2 at home, you have to give guys an opportunity and two goals go through me, so that’s not going to get it done.”

For Zadorov, while he was upset that his team lost, he did have the chance to live out a life-long dream of scoring in the NHL. He said that he hasn’t been nervous through two professional games.

“I’m not afraid to play hockey because I’ve played hockey all my life,” he said. “I’m real happy here now because I play with all these guys and we just have to keep working together and do our jobs and play hockey.”

Rolston was impressed with Zadorov’s play and played him for 17:44, a big jump from the 11:01 he played in his debut on Saturday. The Sabres have the option of returning him to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League before he plays in his 10th game.

“Our young guys have been real good, been really good. And it was a nice goal, a nice play. He played well again so I like the game our young guys are playing right now,” Rolston said. “…He’s playing. He’s playing well. He’s one of our better guys back there.”

scoring summary
1st Period
11:01
BOS
Milan Lucic (4) ASST: Jarome Iginla (3), David Krejci (6)
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
00:40
BOS
Milan Lucic (5) ASST: Jarome Iginla (4)
2 - 0 BOS
08:21
BUF
PPG - Cody Hodgson (3) ASST: Thomas Vanek (4), Marcus Foligno (1)
2 - 1 BOS
11:50
BOS
Dougie Hamilton (2) ASST: Brad Marchand (2), Carl Soderberg (2)
3 - 1 BOS
15:10
BUF
Nikita Zadorov (1) ASST: Steve Ott (2), Marcus Foligno (2)
3 - 2 BOS
3rd Period
04:17
BOS
Torey Krug (2) ASST: Reilly Smith (5), Carl Soderberg (3)
4 - 2 BOS
09:42
BOS
PPG - Torey Krug (3) ASST: David Krejci (7), Milan Lucic (4)
5 - 2 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
12:42
BOS
Carl Soderberg  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ryan Miller
2nd Period
01:58
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Hi-sticking against  Shawn Thornton
03:01
BUF
Kevin Porter  Boarding against  Torey Krug
04:20
BOS
David Krejci  Hi-sticking against  Steve Ott
07:38
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
02:22
BOS
Chris Kelly  Roughing against  Johan Larsson
02:22
BUF
Johan Larsson  Roughing against  Chris Kelly
05:49
BUF
John Scott  Match penalty against  Adam McQuaid
05:49
BUF
John Scott  Fighting (maj) against  Adam McQuaid
05:49
BOS
Adam McQuaid  Instigator against  John Scott
05:49
BOS
Adam McQuaid  Fighting (maj) against  John Scott
05:49
BOS
Adam McQuaid  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson
SA: 16TOI: 60:00
Saves: 14EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Ryan Miller
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .853SH: 0 - 0