Sunday, March 31, 2013
Bruins Still Can't Score Goals But They Find A Way To Beat The Sabres 2-0
For 52+ forgettable minutes, the Bruins and Sabres played one of the most boring games of this bizarre NHL season. Thankfully, David Krejci scored a goal then Nathan Horton added another shortly after that to give Boston (22-8-4) a 2-0 win over Buffalo (13-17-6) at First Niagara Center.
This was one of the more important wins of the season for the B's since they lost 3-1 to the Flyers yesterday afternoon. They couldn't afford to come away with no points against two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.
Bruins backup goaltender Anton Khudobin (7-3-0) showed his value, putting up 26 saves for his first shutout in Black and Gold. It was the second shutout of his career (17 NHL starts), the only other time was in 2010-11 with the Wild.
Krejci's goal came after he ventured into virtually unknown territory for him: he went right next to Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller's (29 saves) crease to slide in a rebound at 12:54. Krejci's eighth goal of the season was assisted by Horton and Matt Bartkowski (cool moment for him since it was his first NHL point).
Horton is on fire, well not really but you could say that during this rough season for the free agent to be: he scored a goal in the third straight game. Krejci was the main reason why Horton potted his 11th goal of the season at 15:44 since Krejci's sick pass was right on Horton's tape and all he had to do was redirect it past Miller. Milan Lucic had the second assist.
The clock is ticking with the NHL trade deadline a little more than two days away (Wednesday, 3 p.m.). In case you forgot, the Bruins have yet to do anything (unless you count missing out on Jarome Iginla). With that drama playing out off the ice, Boston returns to TD Garden to face the Senators (19-10-6) on Tuesday (7 p.m., NESN). Boston is 3-0 against Ottawa this season although that is a bit misleading since each game has been a one-goal win (in regulation, overtime and a shootout).
The Bruins were 9-6-2 in March and they play 14 more games in April before the real fun starts with the playoffs. They only have four more games left against Northeast Division (2 vs. Ottawa, 1 vs. Montreal & 1 vs. Buffalo) foes so those contests take on extra importance give how tight it has been.