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Monday, February 19, 2007

Game 57: Bruins beat Sabres in Buffalo after 8-round shootout 4-3, are 27-26-4

They may not win every game, but when this team wins, it's always fun to watch. Saturday night's game was no exception. An eight round shootout after three intense periods and a really intense OT. Buffalo's power play beat us up pretty badly, however they are the best team in the east and they have a damn good powerplay. Though it is bad to give up three PP goals, I'll take a win in Buffalo any day.

Reich and Mair got things started in the first period with their fight. It was immediately followed by a Bruins goal. A delayed penalty led to Marco Sturm racing onto the ice just in time to receive a pass and fire a drive into the net. A Buffalo power play goal tied up the game, and Ference and Hecht fought just before the end of the period. Overall a really good period of hockey.

The Bruins pressured the Sabres really well in the second period and it paid off. Shean Donovan scored his fifth of the season. Then, with Chara in the penalty box, Marc Savard scored a shorthanded goal off of a nice play by Donovan. So the Bruins took a 3-1 lead. A dumb penalty by Marc Savard towards the end of the period led to two power play goals by Buffalo. One of them by Chris Drury, the other by Daniel Briere. The game is all tied up going into the third. The third period was hard-fought but ended with the game tied 3-3.

The Bruins played a fantastic overtime but couldn't get anything by Ryan Miller and the game went into a shootout.

This shoootout summary will be quicker than usual:
Tim Thomas made tremendous saves in order against Daniel Briere, Drew Stafford, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Chris Drury, Derek Roy, Clark Macarthur, and Jochen Hecht. Ryan Miller was able to stop Marco Sturm (the puck hit the post!), Glen Murray, Phil Kessel, Brandon Bochenski, Marc Savard, Zdeno Chara, and Brad Boyes. But...Petr Tenkrat scored to give the Bruins the win. Tenkrat is clutch! As he proved Saturday night and last Saturday night.

One Last Note: This is 200th Bruins Nation blog post. Go Bruins!


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