Friday, April 23, 2010
By Joe McDonald
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Boston’s second-period dominance in this series ended tonight.
The Sabres added to their lead when Mike Grier scored at 9:22 of the period and now have 3-0 advantage after two. Overall, the Sabres are outshooting the Bruins 26-14. This game could be a lot worse for Boston, but goaltender Tuukka Rask is keeping his team in this one.
Early in the second, the Sabres were on the power play but failed to score. Boston is 16-for-16 on the penalty kill in this series. During that man-advantage for Buffalo, Tyler Ennis hit the post, and the rebound almost trickled over the goal line until Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk swept the puck out of the crease, preventing a possible tally.
Grier notched his goal right off a faceoff at 9:22 of the period. Buffalo center Paul Gaustad won the drop clean before Grier got off a quick shot that beat Rask to the stick side for a 3-0 lead.
If, for some reason, the Bruins don’t come back in this one, they have to at least win the period. Boston needs to be physical and try to stall any Buffalo momentum.