Not so coincidentally, those are the only two teams to have mustered any goals at Boston’s expense within the final 20 minutes of regulation.
An unanswered outburst of three strikes brought on Friday night’s second lead change in the Sabres’ favor and evoked memories of the Bruins’ only other pointless effort to date. The 4-2 upshot was only a mildly modified remake of a 7-4 falter that devolved from a 4-3 advantage in the final frame of a Jan. 31 bout with Buffalo.
In nine contests against teams other than the Sabres, the Bruins have rolled up a 12-1 scoring edge in the third period, the lone blunder coming this past Tuesday against the aforementioned Blueshirts. Buffalo, on the other hand, has outscored Boston 7-3 in that stage of the game over the course of three meetings.
On Friday, the Sabres charged up a three-goal differential for a third-period aggregate of 7-1 in a pair of victories. That drops the Bruins to 1-2-0 in the season series and 8-2-2 on the year.
Naturally, the lack of characteristic behavior in the put-away portion of the night is the topmost takeaway for the black and gold on this night. Here are a few more important ice chips from Friday’s aftermath.