Bruins defeat Sabres in overtime
Saturday night the Boston Bruins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in overtime at the TD Garden, thanks to Brad Marchand being able draw a penalty shot and convert on it, giving Boston the victory. This was the Bruins second win over Buffalo in the past three days, with the February 4th win coming in a shootout in Buffalo. Loui Eriksson was able to grab his 16th goal of the season, capitalizing on an open net, made possible by a Buffalo turnover in their own zone. In the second, Sam Reinhart was able to get his 14th goal of the season, with assists coming from Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’ Reilly.
In what was a very even and basically boring game throughout, the Sabres and Bruins had the same amount of shots, at 38, and neither team were able to convert on the power play. However, while the game was a little boring, both goaltenders had fantastic games, with Tuukka Rask having 37 saves, and Robin Lehner having 36, letting in a penalty shot, and a goal on his heels after a turnover right in front his net.
For Buffalo, having only gained a point in Boston is tough to swallow, as they need everything they can get at this point in the season. Sitting currently at 14th place in the Eastern Conference, with only 48 points, it seems as though their season is fading away fast. On the other side, Boston is currently 5th in the Eastern Conference, with this OT win giving them 62 points on the season, still a whole 16 points behind the red-hot Washington Capitals.
Continuing on his red-hot play as of late, Brad Marchand was able to draw a penalty shot in OT after Rasmus Ristolainen hooked him on a breakaway to the net. This goal accounted for Marchand’s 24th of the season, and his fourth in three games after the all-star break. His fantastic ability to skate in between defenders and stick-handle with the best in the NHL has shown that he is ready to take this deep to a deep playoff run. He is also a very effective player in the new three on three overtime rule, showing he is a better skater and passer when given open ice, which is something Boston should take note of for the first three periods of regulation.
Looking Ahead: The Bruins play next on Tuesday, when they welcome Milan Lucic back to the TD Garden, as the LA Kings visit town. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. on NESN. After this game Boston begins a grueling schedule of six straight road games in 11 days, starting on February 11th in Winnipeg.