For the first time this season the Boston Bruins have lost two games in a row, marking their third overall loss on the season. For the second time this season the Bruins have dropped to the Sabres by a final score of 4-2.
Through the first twenty minutes the Bruins had some fairly decent momentum going on their side. The rookie defenseman Dougie Hamiltonhad finally found a way to make
his mark on the score sheet where it really mattered, netting his first professional goal of his career. What was even better, the goal was a power play goal, created by David Krejci after he fired a shot at Miller and then tossed the rebound over to Hamilton. They had some good jump right from the get go thanks to forwards Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand, unfortunately Seguin is still having a hard time finding the back of the net, hitting the post on one of his four shots in the period. After twenty the Sabres and Bruins headed into the locker rooms tied at a goal a piece, the Bruins holding a slight 12-10 advantage in shots.
To begin the second period the Bruins jumped out to a fast start, Rich Peverley putting them on the board early to instill a 2-1 lead, the first of the night for Boston. Dougie Hamilton registered an assist on the goal, earning himself his first multi-point night of his career. Through the middle frame the Bruins dominated the play and looked to have the Sabres pretty beat down as they led the shot clock 17-6. Seguin notched another couple of shots, but was still unable to light the lamp. They played the second period like their lives depended on it, making smart passes and playing like it was the third period. They had fans and media alike wondering why they weren’t winning by more than just a goal by the time the buzzer sounded.
Boston is generally a third period team, especially heading into the final frame ahead by a goal. The process was simple, put the puck in the net for the insurance goal and preserve the lead. Unfortunately, Buffalo had other ideas for Boston. Through the next twenty minutes the Bruins deflated like a tire running over a spike strip appearing completely burnt out as the Sabres had in the middle frame. The Horton-Lucic-Krejci line, normally one of the teams’ top performing lines, posted only four shots on net and sported a -6 combined rating for the night. The other key aspect, sloppy defense, similar to what we witnessed in the 7-4 loss to Buffalo just a week and a half ago.
For the second time this season, the Bruins were handed their second regulation loss to the Buffalo Sabres (again). They look to turn the ship around as they head to Winnnipeg tomorrow to gear up for a 5:00pm game against the Jets on Sunday evening. The game is being broadcast on NESN and can be heard on 98.5 the Sports Hub if you can’t make it home to watch.