Thursday, March 10, 2011
Rapid reaction: Sabres 4, Bruins 3 (OT)
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- After an ugly loss 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, the Boston Bruins returned to their home ice and fell victim to the Buffalo Sabres in overtime, 4-3 Thursday night at TD Garden.
The Sabres' Brad Boyes, a former Bruins, netted the game-winner with 1:16 remaining in OT.
Nathan Horton, Mark Recchi and Gregory Campbell scored the goals for the Bruins. Boston captain Zdeno Chara provided a pair of assists.
DING, DING: The Bruins continued their physical play Thursday night and produced a total of three fighting majors. Boston’s Gregory Campbell, Adam McQuaid and Milan Lucic all dropped the gloves at opportune times. Campbell and Lucic each went with the Sabres' Cody McCormick, while McQuaid went toe-to-toe with Paul Gaustad.
REX TAKING CHARGE: Mark Recchi was fired up all night. Not only did he score Boston’s second goal of the night, he was vocal and was getting involved in every aspect of the game. He was getting physical. He was getting mean and running the show from the bench, too. At one point at the end of the second period, Recchi was on the bench when a fight broke out. He signaled for captain Zdeno Chara and told him exactly what to say to the referee so Lucic wouldn’t receive anything more than a five-minute penalty for fighting. Recchi’s goal was his 12th of the season. He was also called for a high-sticking penalty at 3:25 of the third period.
POWER-LESS PLAY: The Bruins’ power play continues to falter. The special team’s unit has been a cause for concern of late and coach Claude Julien has been spending a lot of time trying to fix the problem. The Bruins went 0-for-3 Thursday night and are now 0-for-19 in the past nine games.
SEGUIN A HEALTHY SCRATCH: For only the fifth time this season, rookie forward Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch. He’s been out a total of six games (one due to injury) this season. The 19-year-old has 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in 61 games. He’s also a minus-1.
UP NEXT: The Bruins travel to Long Island to face the New York Islanders at 7:05 ET Friday night at the Coliseum.