It always has to be better to win a point then to not win a point, right? The Buffalo Sabres (12-8-1) lost in overtime (shootout) for the first time this season to the Boston Bruins (13-7-0) who won their 10th straight game. Tim Thomas got the win for the Bruins, stopping 31 of the 34 shots he faced. Jhonas Enroth took the loss for Buffalo, allowing 3 goals on 39 shots.
Early in the game (2nd shift to be precise) the Sabres took care of some unfinished business. Immediately after the faceoff, Paul Gaustad immediately dropped his gloves and fought Milan Lucic. This was the carryover from the last time when these teams met and Lucic took out Sabres goalie Ryan Miller who has yet to return to the ice. After the Sabres were widely criticized for not sticking up for Miller on the ice last time, everybody in the arena knew there would be some fireworks on Wednesday night.
Overall, everything started great for the Sabres. The Guastad/Lucic fight offered Sabres fans some closure. Then the Sabres ended the first period up 2-0, courtesy of power play goals by Christian Ehrhoff and Thomas Vanek. .
In the first period, the Sabres outplayed the Bruins in every facet of the game. From the beginning of the second period onward, the Bruins just dominated the game. They were more physical than the Sabres, their passing was far more precise, their scoring attempts were better and they didn’t make mistakes.
The Sabres were still up 3-2 after two periods, but everybody in the crowd was just waiting for the other foot to drop. We’ve been here too many times before. The Sabres did put together a nice flurry of energy late in regulation and early in overtime, but that was about it. Boston was the better team and the Sabres should be grateful that they managed to salvage a point.
Sabres forward Brad Boyes suffered a leg injury in the first period and did not return. Jochen Hecht played in his first game of the year for the Sabres.
The Sabres travel to Columbus on Friday to face the Blue Jackets at 7 PM EST.