Friday, February 24, 2012
It's Been Over A Month & Counting Since The Bruins Last Won Consecutive Games
It might have something to do with the fact that I watched the game on DVR or more likely, that I knew the final outcome before I started but tonight's Bruins game in Buffalo was a boring one.
Boston (36-20-3) fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Sabres (27-27-7) at the First Niagara Center.
After beating them the first two times this season, the B's have dropped the last two against their Northeast Division rival. Fear not, there are two more meetings remaining in the regular season.
All this loss signified to me was that Boston continues to play inconsistently. After the high of a great win in St. Louis on Wednesday, they didn't have the same juice tonight for whatever reason.
Tuukka Rask (26 saves; 11-9-2) lost his sixth straight game but it wasn't his fault at all since he gave up one goal in 65 minutes.
Ryan Miller (35 saves; 19-17-4) was busier and he got it done in the shootout by stopping three shots and only allowing a goal by David Krejci. Thomas Vanek (noted Bruins killer) and Derek Roy (game-winner) had the shootout goals for the Sabres.
Andrej Sekera (3rd of the season) had Buffalo's tally in regulation, at 14:45 of the second period. Brad Marchand lost track of him and the Sabres defenseman took advantage by skating up from the blue line and putting it into the side of the net. Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford had the assists.
B's captain Zdeno Chara (9th of the season) scored his first goal in nine games and it was of the power play variety. His laser from the point tied it at one just 3:36 into the third.
Boston concludes its six-game road trip (2-2-1 so far) tomorrow night in Ottawa. Back-to-back contests is a tough way to end it but the numbers favor the B's: they're 3-0 (14-8 point differential) against the Senators in 2011-12. With two points in their pocket would be a nice way for the Bruins to return home to Boston-a place they haven't seen in almost two weeks.