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Bruins’ November Roll Continues Against Buffalo

Rich Peverley #49 of the Boston Bruins celebrates a goal against the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden on November 12, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Boston just can’t be beaten lately. Not even close. On Saturday, their next victim was Buffalo. The Sabres lost 6-2, in a rough showing. It didn’t start that way, though. Boston had the majority of shots in the 1st, though it was Buffalo who struck first blood at 5:38 on a wrist shot from Thomas Vanek. And that was despite three power play opportunities for Boston, all squandered.

However, the rest of the game belonged to Boston nearly completely. Boston tied the game at 7:40 in the 2nd thanks to Rich Peverley wristing in a goal. Later on, Tyler Seguin gave Boston the lead. That was followed up just 16 seconds later by Nathan Horton’s insurance goal. But with the momentum Boston’s been on, of course they put the game further and further out of reach for Buffalo.

As the 3rd period started and progressed, Boston kept piling on the humiliation for Buffalo. At regular intervals, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand piled on the pain, upping Boston’s lead to a mighty 6-1. Buffalo did manage to eke out a power play goal to cut into the lead, but with Boston’s powerful offense and Tim Thomas minding the net, it was far too late for Buffalo.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
5:38 BUF THOMAS VANEK (11) WRIST – ASST: J. POMINVILLE (14)
2nd Period
7:40 BOS RICH PEVERLEY (4) WRIST – ASST: C. KELLY (5)
13:29 BOS TYLER SEGUIN (10) WRIST – ASST: B. MARCHAND (6)
13:45 BOS NATHAN HORTON (5) WRIST – ASST: J. BOYCHUK (3) AND Z. CHARA (10)
3rd Peiod
5:28 BOS CHRIS KELLY (4) SNAP – ASST: R. PEVERLEY (5)
7:11 BOS TYLER SEGUIN (11) SNAP – ASST: P. BERGERON (9) AND B. MARCHAND (7)
9:52 BOS BRAD MARCHAND (5) BACKHAND – ASST: T. SEGUIN (9) AND Z. CHARA (11)
13:20 BUF PPG – MARC-ANDRE GRAGNANI (1) SLAP – ASST: C. EHRHOFF (9) AND L. ADAM (8)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
6:56 BUF TYLER MYERS : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
13:12 BOS MILAN LUCIC : CHARGING – 2 MIN
14:50 BUF DREW STAFFORD : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
19:08 BUF VILLE LEINO : HOOKING – 2 MIN
2nd Period
14:05 BUF PATRICK KALETA : CHARGING – 2 MIN
14:05 BOS ADAM MCQUAID : ROUGHING – 2 MIN
18:01 BOS ADAM MCQUAID : HOOKING – 2 MIN
3rd Period
11:50 BOS ZACH HAMILL : HI-STICKING – 2 MIN
14:22 BOS NATHAN HORTON : SLASHING – 2 MIN
18:20 BOS SHAWN THORNTON : ROUGHING – 2 MIN
18:20 BUF PATRICK KALETA : ROUGHING – 2 MIN
18:20 BOS SHAWN THORNTON : MISCONDUCT (10 MIN) – 0 MIN
18:20 BUF PATRICK KALETA : MISCONDUCT (10 MIN) – 0 MIN

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
BUF Jhonas Enroth 10/13 19:44
BUF Ryan Miller 19/22 40:00
BOS Tim Thomas 21/23 60:00

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
BUF 7 9 7 23
BOS 12 10 13 35

Game Notes

  • Just like that, Boston is one win away from a tie for the last playoff spot.
  • Boston’s goal differential is now at +17, best in the NHL by four.
  • That includes a +20 differential in November, all wins by two, seven, four, three and four goals.

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