History has been made for the Boston Bruins tonight in their 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The team, due to celebrate its 90th anniversary next year, has now stitched together its best 10-game start ever with an 8-1-1 record. They also did something rare that they haven’t been able to do very much of lately involving the man advantage.
After getting an extra night off due to their Feb. 9 game postponement, the Bruins escaped snowy Boston late last night for the relatively less snow-caked Buffalo and a Sabres team that had played an away game last night. They got three pieces of good news before the game began: returning to the lineup were Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton. It’s especially good news that Thornton is okay and ready to play considering that he was concussed the last time the Bruins and Sabres met. The team also respected his wishes and did not attempt to avenge his fight in any way with John Scott, which was the best idea.
Sure, there was a fight between Gregory Campbell and Patrick Kaleta, but that wasn’t meant as any measure of revenge. That was a different thing altogether. Instead, the Bruins decided that they would beat the Sabres on the scoreboard and two of their three goals would come from guys who are not exactly best friends with the Sabres fan base. That would put a little more salt in the win.
Brad Marchand scored in his first game back, taking the team lead in goals as he got a short-distance pass from Andrew Ference and shot it right past Ryan Miller. By the way, could Jack Edwards have praised Miller any more than he did? We understand the man is a high-quality goaltender, but if viewers wanted to hear praise for him every three minutes, they could seek out MSG’s version of events. Meanwhile, Anton Khudobin was quietly but steadily keeping the door closed on the other side, only yielding a goal from Tyler Ennis on a defensive flub committed by Bruins including Dougie Hamilton.
After yet another failed power play for Boston, I made a vow to play the lottery using the number of the next Bruin to score on the man advantage, figuring that would be a lucky day and it would sadly not come for a long time. I was wrong and I will be playing number 37 tomorrow because Patrice Bergeron found the back of the net while the Bruins were up a man. Then the team was able to keep hold of a 2-1 lead all the way up until Miller was pulled for the extra attacker.
At that time, David Krejci found himself with a juicy chance on the empty net, but with Milan Lucic coming alongside him. Instead of scoring himself, Krejci passed to Lucic so he could put away the empty-netter himself. Again, that’s the better way for the Bruins to do it in terms of avenging a bad game: come back and put up a good one.
Plus, that good game led to the Bruins’ best 10-game start in team history. What’s not to love?
Now the Bruins will travel back home–where, hopefully, things will be back to normal or getting there–to face the New York Rangers on Feb. 12. There has been no word yet about the rescheduling of their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.