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Ice Breakers: Bruins-Sabres, Game 2

The Bruins will look to even the series before heading home to Boston this afternoon, as they aim to earn themselves a Game 2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena in a Saturday matinee skate.

The B’s had plenty of chances to get ahead of Buffalo in the series in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Sabres, but once again the lack of scoring punch proved costly, as the offense just couldn’t muster enough results against an always strong Ryan Miller. Only the aged one, Mark Recchi, was able to roof one past Miller Thursday, which just wasn’t enough, and won’t be enough going forward if the Bruins hope to make some noise in this series.

So before you take to the couch on the gloomy, rainy Saturday, scroll through this short stack of stats and game notes to get you ready for this afternoon’s Northeast Divisional tilt…

  • With the win Thursday, the Sabres improved their league-best record of 31-0-0 this season when leading after two periods. The L.A. Kings were the only other team this year not to blow a lead after 40 minutes of play.
  • All but one of the NHL’s opening round series began with Game 1’s where just one goal made the difference. The only series not to begin with a one-goal Game 1 was last night’s 4-1 win by Nashville over the favorite Chicago.
  • Ryan Miller now has a 9-3 record in opening round games. Tuukka Rask, who appeared in his first career playoff games, is a less experienced 0-1 now.
  • Buffalo’s two goal scorers from Thursday night have stat lines that are polar opposites of one another. Thomas Vanek, who lit the lamp first on Thursday, was a team leader in scoring, and now has six goals in his last three games, including a four-goal performance against Ottawa exactly one week ago. Team captain Craig Rivet on the other hand, who scored the eventual game-winner in the second period of Game 1, matched his total goal output for the entire season just in that one game, having scored just once during the regular season.
  • No morning skates for either team, but reports indicate the lineup for Boston will remain the same, with Tuukka Rask back in net for the Black & Gold.
  • Lastly, assistant coach Craig Ramsey should rejoin the team behind the bench for this afternoon’s Game 2. Ramsey, who was stricken with a bad dose of the flu, was forced to miss Thursday’s game, spending the night instead at a local Buffalo hospital. Ramsey is said to be doing better and will likely be back in action this afternoon.

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