Tonight the Boston Bruins got beat up and beaten by the Buffalo Sabres as Thomas Vanek recorded a hat trick and helped push the Sabres to a 7-4 victory over the Bruins.
Shawn Thornton and John Scott got the ball rolling as they dropped the gloves and partnered up for a scrum. Unusually, Shawn Thornton didn’t manage to get a single hit in on Scott as he landed hit after hit against the enforcer sending him to the ice and directly down the tunnel after leaving the penalty box, leaving for the entire game. The fight would be the most excitement of the first period as the two went into the
locker rooms scoreless, the Bruins holding a 13-9 edge in shots.For the first period Intermission Report, Naoko Funayama interviewed Chris Kelly on enforecer Shawn Thornton, which he stated:
“Shawn is a constant professional on and off the ice. He knows his job and goes and does it, you never hear anything from him. He just goes and gets it done.”
The Bruins came out in the second period like it was the Stanley Cup finals, completely dominating the opening half of the period. In a span of six minutes the Bruins were able to post three goals. The first, coming from great forechecking pressure and net front presence, at the 5:20 marker with Peverley taking his time and putting the puck past Ryan Miller just three minutes after Thomas Vanek put the Sabres on the board. The second goal came from a patiently waiting Brad Marchand who took a pass from Patrice Bergeron and went backhand past Miller to earn the Bruins their first lead of the game. The Bruins third goal also came from Marchand after Tyler Seguin made his net front presence known and pushed his way through in front of Miller, allowing enough chaos for Marchand to slap a shot to the back of the grid. However, much like the past couple of games, the Bruins deflated by the second half of the period and Thomas Vanek along with Hodgson were able to tie the game up heading into the final frame.The third and final frame showed the Bruins true tenacity with two players getting sent to the ice and winding up down the tunnel only to return within the next two minutes. The first player who headed down was Patrice Bergeron who went into the boards and came up holding his right shoulder. The other, rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton who took an elbow to the face and went down the tunnel to be checked out, only to be back on the ice by the commercial break. The Bruins were getting the body put to them and the defensive pairing of Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk was severely lacking as they got caught on numerous 2-on-1 breakaways, allowing Vanek and the Sabres to go up 6-4 before getting the empty net goal in the final seconds.
The Bruins look to bounce back and earn another victory as they head to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs at 7PM.