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Bruins Drop Wild One in Shootout

Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres gets checked into the endboards by Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins at HSBC Arena on January 1, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

In a game that went back and forth more than Hamlet deciding whether or not to be, the Buffalo Sabres emerged with a 7-6, shootout win. In a battle of futility between some of the (supposedly) best goaltenders in the NHL, nobody could play defense very well, or at all. Andrew Ference started the scoring just 1:29 in, followed after 37 seconds by Jason Pominville to tie the game, and Dennis Seidenberg 43 seconds after that. Brad Marchand put the Bruins up 3-1 at 5:36, and remarkably, no more scoring took place until 13:45, when Buffalo cut the lead to 3-2. Zdeno Chara put the Bruins up 4-2 30 seconds later, just 14 seconds after Marc Savard went to the box for slashing. Drew Stafford got the Sabres back within one with 41 seconds left in the period. Get all that? No? Neither did the rest of us.

Throughout all of that, Tuukka Rask opposed Ryan Miller, but Tim Thomas came out to start the 2nd instead of Rask. Not that things went any smoother, just with less scoring. Mark Recchi was called for hooking 22 seconds into the period, and Thomas allowed two goals to let Buffalo take a 5-4 lead. Thomas let in an even strength goal at 6:17, and a power play goal (which was really an own goal on Seidenberg) at 17:43.

Even with all that, Boston pulled it together throughout much of the 3rd; Tyler Seguin managed to tie the game at 3:08, and Steven Kampfer put Boston ahead 6-5 at 7:06. The Sabres were held to five shots on goal during the final regulation period, but they made it count when they did. With an empty net and extra attacker, Buffalo tied the game with just 27.8 seconds left, and the Bruins still almost won with about 10 seconds remaining. But on their second goal with less than a minute in a period on the evening, Buffalo sent the game to OT.

After an uneventful overtime, the shootout was loaded with action. Plenty of the shots were from a good distance away, but still went in. In fact, the first five shooters all scored. Only the final shooter, Zdeno Chara, failed to score; he just went wide with it. And so ends the tale of how Boston should have walked out with two points, but settles for one.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game:

At 3-1 Boston, Adam McQuaid did scrap with Cody McCormick, though with that 1st period, a fight was surprisingly not the most exciting moment.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period
1:29 BOS Andrew Ference (2) Slap Shot – Assists: Adam McQuaid (4) & Marc Savard (4)
2:06 BUF Jason Pominville (7) Backhand – Assists: Thomas Vanek (13) & Mike Weber (3)
2:49 BOS Dennis Seidenberg (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: none
5:36 BOS Brad Marchand (6) Tip-In – Assists: Johnny Boychuk (7) & Mark Recchi (15)
13:45 BUF Thomas Vanek (14) Backhand – Assists: Tim Connolly (9) & Jason Pominville (10)
14:15 BOS SHG – Zdeno Chara (5) Wrist Shot – Assists: Patrice Bergeron (16) & Mark Recchi (16)
19:19 BUF Drew Stafford (11) Wrist Shot – Assists: none
2nd Period
6:17 BUF Drew Stafford (12) Wrist Shot – Assists: Paul Gaustad (8)
17:43 BUF PPG – Jason Pominville (8) Slap Shot – Assists: Andrej Sekera (11) & Jochen Hecht (10)
3rd Period
3:08 BOS Tyler Seguin (6) Slap Shot – Assists: Daniel Paille (4)
7:06 BOS Steven Kampfer (2) Tip-In – Assists: Tyler Seguin (7) & Zdeno Chara (11)
19:32 BUF Drew Stafford (13) Backhand – Assists: Tim Connolly (10) & Jason Pominville (11)
OT Period
Drew Stafford BUF Goal
Michael Ryder BOS Goal
Thomas Vanek BUF Goal
Tyler Seguin BOS Goal
Tyler Ennis BUF Goal
Zdeno Chara BOS Miss

Penalty Summary:

1st Period
8:30 BOS Blake Wheeler: Delaying Game-Puck over glass – 2 min
10:56 BUF Cody McCormick: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
10:56 BOS Adam McQuaid: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
14:01 BOS Marc Savard: Slashing – 2 min
2nd Period
0:22 BOS Mark Recchi: Hooking – 2 min
4:06 BUF Drew Stafford: Hooking – 2 min
17:12 BOS Johnny Boychuk: Tripping – 2 min
3rd Period
3:42 BUF Drew Stafford: Slashing – 2 min
OT Period

Goalie Stats:

Goalie Save Total TOI
BOS Tuukka Rask 13/16 20:00
BOS Tim Thomas (L) 16/19 45:00
BUF Ryan Miller (W) 34/40 64:01

Shots on Goal:

1st 2nd 3rd OT T
BOS 11 13 11 5 40
BUF 16 14 5 0 35

That’s What He Said:

“It was one of those games where neither team seemed to be able to get a hold of it.” – Claude Julien on the night’s progress

Game Notes:

  • Chara had gone 23 games without a goal; Seguin had gone 11.
  • Boston is now 17-0-1 this season when they led by two at any point in the game.
  • Boston is 3-9-4 on the season when trailing at the 2nd Intermission.
  • For the first time in Bruins’ history, four different defensemen scored in the same game.
  • Boston is now 1-5 in shootouts; their six OT or later losses this season are second most in the NHL behind Edmonton.

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4 comments for “Bruins Drop Wild One in Shootout”

  1. Why has Tuukka Rask regressed so much? Though, I could be overreacting because he was so bad against the Sabres.

    Posted by KC Downey | January 1, 2011, 11:34 pm
  2. Hey, Tim Thomas was garbage too. Statistically, everything is game-to-game, and the illusions of “hot-streaks” and “slumps” could change at any point and return just as fast.

    Posted by John | January 2, 2011, 8:43 am
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