Brad Marchand was on fire tonight both offensively and defensively, to bad nobody else wearing a black and gold uniform was tonight. Buffalo Sabers goaltender, Ryan Miller, was a brick wall for almost three full periods, as he ended up making a game total of 34 saves. It wasn’t for lack of trying however that caused the Bruins to fall, as they actually dominated time of possession in the offensive zone, and outshot the Sabres in the third period, 15-5.
In the first period, the Sabres took an early 1-0 nothing lead over the B’s, as they would score a shorthanded goal. Flynn darted down the ice chasing after a bouncing puck, and after gaining possession, he would fire a bullet right past Chad Johnson (who was getting his eighth start of the season). To make matters worse, this was Buffalo’s eighth first period goal on the season, yes only their EIGHTH, and have scored a league-low 59 goals on the season. The first period would end with the Sabres having a 1-0 lead, which shocked almost everyone.
Only a minute and fifty seconds into the second period, Marchand would light the lamp with a beautiful wrist shot past Miller, which came on an assists from Johnny Boychuk. Less than two minutes later, guess who would score a goal for the Bruins? If you guessed Brad Marchand, then you would be correct, as he would snap another beautiful wrister past Miller, on an assist from Bergeron. But that would be the beginning of the end for the Bruins, as they would get plenty of opportunities but would not be able to find the back of the net for the remainder of the evening. Remember the Buffalo Sabres who couldn’t score, well something is brewing up in New York because the squad has managed to score four goals in back-to-back games now (last was against Winnipeg Jets, where the Sabres won 4-2 as well).
The Sabres tying goal came toward the end of the second period, where Marcus Foligno would put a rebound past Johnson, one that the wished he could have back. The Sabres would then put two more unanswered goals in the third period to seel the victory. Before the game, B’s goaltender Johnson said this about the Sabres, “their just a team whose going to be resilient, and are trying to look for wins right now. They’ve been struggling a little bit this year, but they have some talent over there and in this league, anyone can beat anybody.”
The Bruins have to feel like they let one slip away, as clearly they are the better overall team, but just didn’t display that tonight. Coach Claude Julien said after the game, “Overall, when you look at the scoring chances we had, we should have been able to capitalize a little bit more on those with the number of them. But when you don’t, eventually the other team will take advantage of that and they made the best of their scoring chances.”
Overall, Bruin fans shouldn’t get too discouraged about the game, as it wasn’t a problem with lack of effort, not to mention the Bruins are still 23-10-2 on the season. Also, the Bruins will get a shot at redemption Saturday night in TD Garden, which hopefully should have a different outcome, as all this failed scoring chances tonight, will hopefully turn into goals come Saturday.
3. Johnny Boychuk- One assist
2. Patrice Bergeron- One Assist
1. Brad Marchand- Two goals