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Despite a recent hot streak, the Bruins lost their chance at the President’s Trophy (the NHL’s best overall record) with a blowout loss to the Sabres Saturday night. As a result, the San Jose Sharks have clinched the NHL’s best record for the first time in franchise history.
The Bruins really couldn’t get things started after allowing four first period goals in an ugly 6-1 loss. Manny Fernandez started in net and finished with 28 saves in 34 chances, though he was better as the game went on. It’s tough to win when you allow five goals in the first 22 minutes.
Thomas Vanek led the scoring for the Sabres with two goals to reach 40 total goals for the season. The Sabres also got goals from Tim Connolly, Chris Butler, and Daniel Paille in the first period, and Matt Ellis early in the second period.
Mark Recchi scored the lone goal for the Bruins midway through the third period on the power play, but obviously it wasn’t even close enough for the Bruins to get the win.
The Bruins close out the regular season against the Islanders Sunday night.