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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.
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.
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|2:49||BOS||Michael Ryder : Hooking – 2 min|
|14:15||BOS||Dennis Seidenberg : Holding – 2 min|
|18:11||BUF||Tim Connolly : Slashing – 2 min|
|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|
|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|
|Goalie||Save Total||Time on Ice|
|BOS||Tim Thomas (W)||33/35||59:58|
|BUF||Jhonas Enroth (L)||9/12||20:00|
Tags: Blake Wheeler, Brad Marchand, Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, David Krejci, Dennis Seidenberg, Gregory Campbell, Mark Stuart, Michael Ryder, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron, Shawn Thornton, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara