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Bruins Comeback Finishes Regular Season on High Note

Shawn Thornton (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

It was a statistically meaningless game, but that didn’t stop the Bruins from pulling out the stops, especially late, to build up some needed momentum going into the postseason. Everything started out so close; in fact each team had 12 shots in a scoreless 1st period. Boston started to pick things up later on, especially limiting Buffalo in the 2nd. The Bruins took the lead shortly into the period.

However, despite being limited to five 2nd Period shots, Buffalo managed to keep Boston from going up by multiple goals while waiting patiently for their chance. That chance came late in the period, when a wrist shot was tapped past Tim Thomas for the tie.

Buffalo kept their fortune going in the 3rd, scoring twice more in quick succession towards the middle of the period. However, Boston had seen enough at that point. They turned up the pressure, really coming at Buffalo. Taking advantage of Ryan Miller’s day off, Boston put two shots into the net within minutes afterwards to bring the game back into a tie. With both goalies doing well in the shootout, Patrice Bergeron put in the only extra goal to give Boston the win.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
3:15 BOS TYLER SEGUIN (28) WRIST – ASST: P. BERGERON (40)
15:45 BUF BRAD BOYES (7) WRIST – ASST: B. MCNABB (6) AND T. VANEK (34)
3rd Period
7:02 BUF BRAD BOYES (8) BACKHAND – ASST: D. ROY (27) AND T. VANEK (35)
8:46 BUF JASON POMINVILLE (30) WRIST – ASST: N. GERBE (19) AND B. MCNABB (7)
9:56 BOS PPG – TYLER SEGUIN (29) SNAP – ASST: P. BERGERON (41) AND R. PEVERLEY (31)
12:21 BOS BRAD MARCHAND (28) BACKHAND – ASST: P. BERGERON (42)
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
DAVID KREJCI BOS SAVE
TYLER ENNIS BUF SAVE
TYLER SEGUIN BOS SAVE
BRAD BOYES BUF SAVE
PATRICE BERGERON BOS GOAL
JASON POMINVILLE BUF SAVE

Penalty Summary

1st Period
12:38 BOS SHAWN THORNTON : FIGHTING (MAJ) – 5 MIN
12:38 BUF ROBYN REGEHR : FIGHTING (MAJ) – 5 MIN
14:02 BUF MIKE WEBER : HI-STICKING – 2 MIN
17:48 BUF DREW STAFFORD : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
2nd Period
10:27 BUF MIKE WEBER : INTERFERENCE – 2 MIN
19:16 BOS ZDENO CHARA : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
3rd Period
9:00 BUF ANDREJ SEKERA : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
OT Period
NONE

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
BUF 1 J. ENROTH 37/40 65:00
BOS 30 T. THOMAS 25/28 65:00

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
BUF 12 5 11 0 28
BOS 12 11 12 5 40

Boston Faces Washington With…

  • Washington win AND
  • Florida Win or OT/SO loss

Boston Faces Ottawa With…

  • Washington loss OR
  • Florida regulation loss

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