Friday, April 23, 2010
By Joe McDonald
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Bruins have the Sabres right where they want them.
After one period, Buffalo leads 2-0 on goals by Adam Mair and Jason Pominville. Boston has been in this situation twice in this series. The Bruins trailed by two goals in Game 2, and again in Game 4, but were able to erase those deficits en route to a pair of victories.
Even though the first period here tonight was sloppy, the Bruins had their chances. Only one minute into the game, David Krejci broke free of a defender down low and created a breakaway. The puck was bouncing and he couldn’t calm it down, and when he was able to shoot, Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller made the save.
On the ensuing faceoff, Krejci had another point-blank opportunity, and again the puck was bouncing and he couldn’t get a clean shot off.
After Mair netted his goal at 1:54, beating Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask on a wraparound, Boston had another scoring chance while killing a penalty. Boston’s Daniel Paille had a shorthanded bid, but it appeared his backhander rang off the post.
The Bruins’ Marco Sturm had another quality scoring chance for Boston, but couldn’t get a shot off on an off-post bid. He has one goal in the last 21 games.
The Sabres capitalized on Boston’s inability to clear the puck out of its zone when Pominville gave Buffalo a 2-0 lead at 18:54.
The Bruins have played outstanding in the second period of each game this series. They’ll have to continue that trend if they want to get back in this one.