Ryan Miller was the only reason the host Buffalo Sabres were not blown out in the only statistic that leaves a lasting impact. His mates were outshot by a three-to-two ratio, 39-26, and the shots attempted were even more disproportionate, 70-43.
Only one player and one party could be rewarded, and perhaps appropriately enough, the two men settled the bout directly against one another. Bergeron beat Miller to bust a 1-1 tie on a power-play goal with 12:08 to spare in regulation, setting the Bruins on pace to a 3-1 victory that was finalized by a Milan Lucic empty-netter.
Bergeron’s decider was set up, in part, by Buffalo blueliner Mike Weber’s second unanswered penalty. In the previous period, Weber had committed the Sabres’ fourth infraction of the night, but the Bruins’ nearly cellar-dwelling power play had whiffed yet again.
The fortuitous fifth try makes for one of three key storylines in Boston’s third win in as many inter-divisional road cities this February, a string that started after losing its most recent home game to these same Sabres at the conclusion of January.