BOSTON, MA –17,565 fans watched the Boston Bruins (26-14-7) lose to the Buffalo Sabres (21-20-5), 4-2 at the TD Garden on Thursday.
“I don’t think there was much to see here, (we were) totally flat tonight from the first play to the last, so it’s not about pointing out one or pointing out the other,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “We were flat.”
The game started with a quick strike by the Bruins offense off the opening face-off, but goaltender Ryan Miller, who saved 38 of the 40 shots on net, quickly denied the early opportunity. Although, nearly 11 minutes later, all Miller and his teammates could do was watch Dennis Seidenberg score the first goal from the Sabres blue line, which electrified Boston and its crowd.
The goal was certainly the momentum that the Bruins needed, especially since they struggled at converting points during two power plays in the first period.
Entering the second period, both teams would combine for three goals, but Buffalo would strike first, as Cody McCormick scored in the first minute of the period, which provided a spark for the Sabres offense.
The Bruins responded with a quick goal of their own three minutes later, as Gregory Campbell gave Boston their second lead of the night.
“I mean it was a great play by (Sean Thornton) to protect the puck and find (Blake Wheeler) high and Wheeler just made a good play and drew the guy to him and slid it over to me and I was wide open, so it was a good heads up by both of them,” said Cambell after the game when asked about scoring the Bruins second goal.
The Sabres would respond on their third power play of the game when Nathan Gerbe pushed the puck by the Bruins goaltender, Tukkah Rask, (29 saves), to tie the game.
“I think I could have stopped all four of (the shots on net),” said Rask. “I played bad, not the greatest game, but it just happens, you know.”
With only 20-minutes of hockey remaining after the final intermission, the Sabres bench watched forward Thomas Vanek score his 18th goal of the season, as well as Buffalo’s third goal of the game.
“(Thomas’s goal) made the difference in the game, which was important. The game was on the line and you need your best players to be your best,” said Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff.
The Sabres would add their final goal during the last three minutes of the third period, as Jason Pominville sneaked by Rask for the clincher.
With the loss, the Bruins fell to third place in the Eastern Conference standings, but will look to turn things around on Saturday, when they take on the (24-17-6) Colorado Avalanche.