The Boston Bruins face the Buffalo Sabres for the second time this season. When they last met, Thomas Vanek had a field day on the B's, as he earned three goals and two assists for a 7-4 drubbing as the Sabres went on a four-goal surge in the third period.
The Bruins look to exact revenge on their only regulation loss so far this season.
All the injured Bruins—Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille and Brad Marchand—returned to the lineup.
The Bruins also had an unexpected night off, as they were supposed to play against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Mother Nature had other plans putting down enough snow to postpone the matinee game.
No scoring in the opening frame, but there were plenty of chances for both teams. Boston's Anton Khubodin and Buffalo's Ryan Miller kept the game scoreless through 20 minutes of play.
Brad Marchand wrested a shot from the point, and Nathan Horton was parked in front of the Buffalo net to distract Miller enough for the puck to get by Miller's left side to open up the scoring.
Just as Buffalo killed a penalty, Tyler Ennis was all alone in front of Khubodin to bury the tying goal with just under two minutes left of the middle frame.
The game was tied because of one player on the ice—Ryan Miller. The Bruins out-shot the Sabres 26-18 through 40 minutes and 10-5 in the second period. In all of that, the game was still just a one-all game.
Mike Weber got a delay-of-game penalty, and seconds into the man advantage, Patrice Bergeron skated up to the left hash marks to wrist one past Miller's right side high for the Bruins to regain the lead. The score was 2-1.
With 48 seconds left in regulation, Milan Lucic received a pass from David Krejci and buried the empty-net goal to put the dagger in the game.
A big plus from this game for the B's was that they kept Vanek off the score sheet for the first time in a long time.
The big minus was that they are still struggling with the power play having scored one in this game, but it was the first time in 17 tries.
Khubodin improved to 2-0 and had improved his pro career with a record of 7-1-1.
With a final score of 3-1, the Bruins got their revenge, improved to 8-1-1 in their first 10 games of the season and achieved the best 10-game start in franchise history with 17 points.
Next up for the B's will be the New York Rangers on home ice Tuesday, Feb 12th for their third and final meeting of the season.
This is Cory Ducey saying, "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean."