OUTCOME: The Bruins weren't sharp in all areas, but they were able to find a way to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 Thursday night at TD Garden. Miroslav Satan, Dennis Wideman and Mark Recchi scored the goals for the Bruins, while goaltender Tuukka Rask made 31 saves.
PLAYOFF PICTURE: With the victory, the Bruins inch a little closer to clinching a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. If the New York Rangers lose in regulation to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, the Bruins will clinch a spot. If New York wins, the Bruins will have to win one of their last two games in order to get in.
POWER OUTAGE: Boston was 0-for-5 on the power play and is now 0-for-17 in the last six games on the man advantage. To make it worse, the Bruins have scored only three times on the PP in their last 16 games. Overall, Boston is 43-for-255 on the power play this season. Once they're able to get the puck in the zone and set up, the Bruins can't find any synergy. This is a sure sign Boston misses its top playmaker in Marc Savard, who's out for the remainder of the season with a Grade 2 concussion. Prior to his season-ending injury, Savard recorded six power-play goals in 41 games.
JEERS TO CHEERS: Every time Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman touched the puck on Thursday there was a good amount of booing coming from the seats. He's minus-15 in 74 games this season. Those boos turned to cheers at 1:59 of the third period when his wrister from the point found its way through traffic to beat Buffalo goalie Patrick Lalime. After that, the fans cheered every time the puck was on Wideman's stick.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO: The Bruins handed out several awards prior to Thursday's game, including the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination) to Mark Recchi, the Elizabeth C. Dufresne Award (outstanding performance during home games) to Patrice Bergeron), the John Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions) to Shawn Thornton) and the Bruins' Three Stars Awards went to Patrice Bergeron (first), David Krejci (second) and Tuukka Rask (third).
UP NEXT: The Bruins have two games remaining in the regular season. They host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Garden before closing out the season in Washington against the Capitals at noon on Sunday. That game could end up being a first-round playoff preview.
AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME-O: Bruins management will be in Toronto on Tuesday night for a little event called the draft lottery. With the Maple Leafs losing to the Rangers on Wednesday night, Toronto has clinched the second-worst record in the NHL, which guarantees the Bruins a top-three pick in the 2010 draft. Boston acquired the Maple Leafs' first- and second-round picks in exchange for forward Phil Kessel in a trade last September. The top three prospects in this year's draft are Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall and Brett Connolly. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will be on hand for the draft lottery. Boston has won the top spot only once and that resulted in the team selecting Joe Thornton in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.