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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Game 16: Bruins beat Sabres 2-1, are 8-6-2

The Fan sitting behind me said it best: "How do you take 50 shots and still lose?"

The answer to that question is simple. All you need is a goalie, like say Tim Thomas for example, to save all but one. Tim Thomas was incredible last night. He saved 45 of 46 Buffalo shots, allowing a team with an injured defense, and a so far very mediocre offense, to win the game. The Bruins were outshot 46-22, they were without Bergeron, Thornton, Ward, Allen, and Ference, and struggled with the neutral zone trap, but Tim Thomas still pulled out a win.

Very late in the second period the Bruins pulled out ahead. Some 4 on 4 action led to Savard and Sturm skating down the ice on a breakway after Savard got a hold of the puck. Marc Savard sent a beautiful pass across the ice to Sturm who easily tiped in the puck. For the next minute and a half the Bruins looked excellent. The end of the second period, however, halted the momentum.

In the third period, after a tripping penalty sent Jason Pominville to the penalty box, the Bruins went on a power play. Like a lot of power plays the Bruins have had, the other team started putting on the pressure. Toni Lydman found Daniel Paille across the ice who snaped a one-timer past Thomas to tie the game. One would think that the Bruins would have lost all their momentum, just like their previous game against Buffalo and their last game against Ottawa. But no! Just 30 seconds later (still on the PP) Zdeno Chara's drive was backhanded into the net by Chuck Kobasew. The tank took it from there and the Bruins won their 8th game of the season.


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