Thursday, March 8, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Sabres 1
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- For the first time since Jan. 10 and 12, the Bruins have won two straight games after beating the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, at TD Garden on Thursday night. Johnny Boychuk broke a 1-1 tie 12:56 into the third period and David Krejci added the insurance goal at 15:54. Gregory Campbell had the Bruins' first goal and Tim Thomas made 20 saves for the win.
Lucic-Krejci-Seguin line continues to gel -- The line of Milan Lucic, Krejci and Tyler Seguin continues to improve every game, and on Thursday they combined for the insurance goal as Krejci lit the lamp at 15:54. The trio has 20 total points in five games since being put together by Claude Julien a week ago. Krejci has five goals and two assists; Seguin has four goals and three assists and Lucic has two goals and four assists.
Johnny Rocket blasts off -- It appears as if Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk has shaken off the cobwebs of a concussion that kept him out of two games last week. Boychuk laid a thunderous hit on Thomas Vanek midway through the third period, then blasted a rocket of a shot past Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth at 12:56 of the third that proved to be the winner.
Caron stays hot -- With his assist on Boychuk’s third-period goal, Jordan Caron extended his point streak to three games. He has three goals and three helpers in that span.
Fourth line chips in -- The normal fourth line of Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton hadn’t registered a point since Feb. 11 when Paille scored. The "energy line" does its job every night, but it was nice to see them chip in on the scoring sheet as Campbell scored the Bruins’ first goal, with Thornton assisting.
On the mark at the dot -- The Bruins dominated the faceoff dot, winning 38 faceoffs to Buffalo’s 21. Patrice Bergeron won an astonishing 20 of 27 faceoffs.
Defense tightens up --– While it had some sloppy moments early on, the Bruins defense as a whole played as a more cohesive unit and tightened up. Boston allowed 20 shots, but many of them weren’t top-notch scoring chances.
Zanon out, Mottau in; Pouliot plays -- After suffering a lower body injury against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Bruins forward Benoit Pouliot was back in the lineup at left wing, skating alongside center Chris Kelly and right wing Caron to start the game. Later Julien slid Caron up with Bergeron and Brad Marchand, and moved Brian Rolston back with Pouliot and Kelly. There was a change on the blue line as Julien put Mike Mottau in for Greg Zanon.
Here’s how the lineup looked on Thursday:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Brian Rolston/Jordan Caron- Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron/Brian Rolston
Lane MacDermid-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Mike Mottau-Adam McQuaid