Rapid reaction: Bruins 4, Sabres 3 (SO)
April, 7, 2012
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins erased a two-goal, third-period deficit and beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in the shootout to close the regular season with 102 points. Patrice Bergeron scored the shootout winner and had three assists, Tyler Seguin had two goals and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins. Brad Boyes had two goals for the Sabres, and Jason Pominville also scored for Buffalo.
Bergeron the Bruins' MVP this season? Patrice Bergeron is a definite candidate for the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best two-way forward this season, but he has to be considered a candidate for the Bruins’ MVP as well. Bergeron had three helpers and got the shootout winner on Saturday to finish the season with 42 assists and 22 goals. Bergeron has been the key cog on the Bruins' most consistent line with Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin as his wings. In a season that had some ups and downs, the quiet leader led by example and carried the Bruins when they needed it most, just as he did on Saturday.
Seguin showing he’s ready for real season to begin: If his final regular-season game is any indication, Seguin intends to continue his breakout season in the playoffs as well. Seguin scored two goals to finish the season with 29 lamplighters and looks poised to have an impact in the postseason after being a frequent healthy scratch in the playoffs in his rookie season.
Thomas back in: After watching the last two games from home, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was back between the pipes for his final tune-up before the playoffs begin next week. Thomas was solid making 26 saves and stopped all three shootout shots he faced. Thomas appears ready to help the Bruins make another run at the Stanley Cup.
McQuaid, Boychuk, Krug and Rolston sit; Mottau, Paille play: Defensemen Adam McQuaid (eye), Johnny Boychuk (knee) and Torey Krug (healthy scratch) and forward Brian Rolston sat out Saturday’s game while defenseman Mike Mottau and forward Daniel Paille were back in the lineup. Here’s what the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Joe Corvo
Mike Mottau-Greg Zanon