The “giveaway” and “takeaway” stats in the NHL are tricky. NHL monitors in certain cities have different criteria for what merits a giveaway or a takeaway — all depending on the individual. Some stingy. Some biased.
Last night against Buffalo, the Bruins were accounted for six giveaways in their 3-2 loss to the Sabres. But that number is certainly higher as they turned the puck over like a rotating turnstile throughout the 60 minute contest.
Before we get into the revolving door issues here; kudos must be in order to the Sabres team for their relentless forechecking, keeping the puck in the Bruins’ zone, and clogging up the neutral zone.
But the end result: Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas gets pulled for the sixth time this season after allowing three goals on 14 Sabres shots in 26:08, as Boston fails to gain two much-needed-points in the Eastern Conference standings.
“We got our sticks in a good place quite a few times. If you defend and you’re in the right spot and you try to squeeze some pucks through you can get those opportunities.” said Buffalo’s head coach Lindy Ruff. “I thought tonight was one of those cases where there was quite a few that went our way.”