- Marco Sturm (0-for-2 this season) gets a rare penalty shot early in the period, tries to go five-hole Sabres’ net-minder Ryan Miller, but the Team USA sensation seals the gaps and makes a routine stop.
- The play of the period so far: Vladimir Sobotka, 5’10”, leveled Sabres 6’8″ defenseman Tyler Myers with an open-ice hit right in the middle of the spoked-B in center ice.
- David Krejci gets the first goal of the game — his 17th on the season — with a highlight-reel play; fake behind the net, pulling Miller off the left post and stuffs it home. Krejci now has 2-5–7 in his last four games, and 5-9–14 in eight of his last 10,
- Zdeno Chara gets credit with his 33rd assist of the season. Nice play by Zee to keep the puck in the zone and feeding Krejci with the pass. Chara now has a four-game point-streak with 2-3–5 totals. The Captain also has 1-5–6 in five games against Buffalo this season.
- Good forechecking by the Black-and-Gold. That tenacity must continue to create more scoring opportunities on this year’s Vezina Trophy front-runner.
- Both goals for the Sabres get a fortunate bounce off Bruins’ blue-liner, Dennis Wideman. The first goal (Myers) off his left arm, and second one (Gaustad) a missed block off the skates.
- The 20-year-old defenseman Myers has a goal and an assist tonight, bringing his rookie season totals to 11-34–45.
- Kudos to Buffalo for adjusting to the Bruins transition out of their own zone. The Sabres have the B’s D-to-D pass behind Tim Thomas read clearly, and have clogged up the neutral zone, causing Boston to “dump-and-chase”.
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