Down Early, Bruins Rip Off Five Unanswered Goals to Beat Sabres

Shawn OwensAnalyst INovember 19, 2008

Well, what can I say about this game?

Both goalies played terribly. Lucky enough for the Bruins, Ryan Miller played a little worse than Manny Fernandez, who overcame a 4-3 deficit after one period to shut out the visitors the rest of the way in a 7-4 Bruins victory Wednesday.

Seven Bruins players had multiple points in this shootout. Chuck Kobasew and Zdeno Chara each had two goals and Marc Savard had a goal and three assists.

After falling behind, 4-2, in the first, the Bruins scored five unanswered goals and Marc Savard figured in on four of them.

The Bruins (12-3-4 for 28 points and first place in the Northeast Division) really capitalized on neutral-zone turnovers in this game, leading to several 3-on-2s and 2-on-1s. The big difference in this game was the the Bruins capitalized on their chances and Buffalo didn't.

Miller played about as bad as a goalie can play. He couldn't stop anything. After the first period, in which he made 10 saves on 14 shots, he picked right back up where he left off in the second, giving up three goals—two of which were slap shots from the point by Chara.

In the third, Miller was replaced by former Ottawa Senator Patrick Lalime after giving up a seventh goal on 20 shots—this time to Phil Kessel (his ninth of the season).


Game Notes

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron recorded his 200th NHL point with his first of two second-period assists...Chuck Kobasew had a really strong game and wasn't one of the top three stars of the game...Aaron Ward played a great game on defense and, with the exception of Chara, was the most productive blue-liner on the ice, playing a really tough defensive game.

The Bruins are home again this Friday night against the Florida Panthers...The Bruins won their sixth straight at home and seventh in their last eight games.