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Thomas Not Immortal, Bruins Still Win

Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand, right, scores an unassisted goal on Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

It wasn’t the best defensive stand, but with Ryan Miller out with lower body issues, the Bruins sprung out like a trap door spider to claim a 5-2 victory in Buffalo. Boston wasted no time going to work on the power play. The only thing was, it was Buffalo’s power play. With Michael Ryder in the box for hooking (not the kind that Brett Favre supports, mind you), Brad Marchand (have you ever heard of him?) scored his first Boston goal ever, slipping a wrist shot past some guy named Jhonas Enroth.

Patrice Bergeron did the same thing later in the 1st Period with Dennis Seidenberg serving a holding call. And just for good measure, Blake Wheeler added an even strength goal exactly two minutes later. Boston went into the locker room for the intermission on pace to win 9-0, which would have been a very good day.

The 2nd Period was slower offensively, mostly because of all the time off for penalties, including two misconducts, both on Buffalo. Buffalo also brought Patrick Lalime in to mind the net in between periods. Michael Ryder put in another wrist shot to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead, before Drew Stafford finally put one past Tim Thomas on the power play. Andrej Sekera (try saying that three times fast) put an unassisted backhand past Thomas in the 3rd to make it 4-2 Bruins, and bring the empty net situation into play.

But of course, that’s just what the Bruins wanted. Buffalo pulled their goalie with more than two minutes left, and Milan Lucic put in the empty netter with 2:07 left to seal the game for the Bruins, as if the game wasn’t already sealed after 20 minutes.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game

The only fight of the game was a good one, featuring Mark Stuart vs Cody McCormick. That fight was so off the hook, Stuart got a roughing call too, and McCormick also was saddled with instigator and misconduct calls.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
3:32 BOS SHG – Brad Marchand (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: none
14:54 BOS SHG – Patrice Bergeron (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: Brad Marchand (2) & Gregory Campbell (2)
16:54 BOS Blake Wheeler (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: Michael Ryder (4) & Zdeno Chara (3)
2nd Period
2:11 BOS Michael Ryder (3) Wrist Shot – Assists: none
16:39 BUF PPG – Drew Stafford (4) Snap Shot – Assists: Tim Connolly (4) & Jason Pominville (1)
3rd Period
15:26 BUF Andrej Sekera (1) Backhand – Assists: none
17:53 BOS EN – Milan Lucic (5) Wrist Shot – Assists: David Krejci (8) & Nathan Horton (5)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
2:49 BOS Michael Ryder : Hooking – 2 min
14:15 BOS Dennis Seidenberg : Holding – 2 min
18:11 BUF Tim Connolly : Slashing – 2 min
2nd Period
5:20 BUF Tyler Myers : Roughing – 2 min
11:57 BOS Mark Stuart : Roughing – 2 min
11:57 BOS Mark Stuart : Fighting (maj) – 5 min
11:57 BUF Cody McCormick : Instigator – 2 min
11:57 BUF Cody McCormick : Fighting (maj) – 5 min
11:57 BUF Cody McCormick : Misconduct (10 min) – 0 min
14:58 BOS Blake Wheeler : Slashing – 2 min
17:07 BOS Milan Lucic : Roughing – 2 min
17:07 BUF Patrick Kaleta served by Paul Gaustad: Unsportsmanlike conduct – 2 min
17:07 BUF Patrick Kaleta : Misconduct (10 min) – 0 min
18:42 BOS Tyler Seguin : Hooking – 2 min
3rd Period
4:57 BOS Shawn Thornton : Tripping – 2 min
6:20 BOS Patrice Bergeron : Tripping – 2 min
13:06 BUF Craig Rivet : Tripping – 2 min
18:12 BUF Thomas Vanek : Hooking – 2 min

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
BOS 12 8 6 26
BUF 9 12 14 35

Goalies

Goalie Save Total Time on Ice
BOS Tim Thomas (W) 33/35 59:58
BUF Patrick Lalime 12/13 39:43
BUF Jhonas Enroth (L) 9/12 20:00

Game Notes:

  • Tyler Seguin served his first two penalty minutes as a Bruin.
  • Tim Thomas is the only Bruins goalie to ever start 7-0-0.
  • Once again, the Bruins won despite being out-shot.
  • Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with a +/- rating of 4. Four Sabres led their team with 0.

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