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Friday, February 08, 2008

Game 53: Bruins lose to Sabres 4-2, are 27-21-5

The Bruins played with something I have not seen all season: Confidence. I was impressed. The problem is that it did not result in a Bruins win. Skating was pretty slow and they were not as aggressive as I thought they should be (except for Thornton). Playmaking was pretty good though. The Bruins took 32 shots, and many more then two would have gone in if it weren't for one of the league's best in net for Buffalo. Ryan Miller is one of the great goaltenders in the NHL today.

Three and a half minutes in, Buffalo netted their first goal. Two minutes later, Shawn THornton, realizing that the Bruins needed a kick-start, decided to fight the much bigger Andrew Peters. Thornton got a solid win. THe two men traded punches before Thornton got a good takedown.

A couple minutes later, David Krejci shot the puck and Miller made an incredible save. Spacek got the rebound and then turned it over to PJ Axelsson. PJ scored to tie up the game.

In the second period, Buffalo took the lead when Thomas Vanek, the ten million dollar man, scored. The two teams played even until late in the third, when Buffalo took over. Jochen Hecht's shot hit off the skate of Daniel Paille, who kicked in the puck. After the refs looked at it, they concluded that Paille didn't purposely kick in the puck. With 1:33 left in the game, Buffalo put the game out of reach with a power play goal. Miraculously, with one tenth of a second left in the game, Mark Stuart's shot went in. The goal was credited to Metropolit, the puck must have hit him. There was no celebration on the ice, however, as Buffalo took this four point game.


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