April 19th, 2010 by

End of 20: Bruins 1, Sabres 1

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  • Mike Grier put the Sabres on the board first, 1-0, with his first playoff goal this series. For the third straight game, Buffalo has lit the lamp first.
  • Vladimir Sobotka continues to elevate his game this series with linemates Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder. Sobotka made a sweet backhand saucer pass to a speeding Dennis Wideman, who blasted it past Ryan Miller top-shelf blocker side. Sobotka also registered three hits and now leads all Bruins’ players with 12 this Quarterfinals’ series. No. 60′s recent play is going to make it nearly impossible for Peter Chiarelli not to re-sign the 22-year0old impending RFA.
  • Derek Roy was a beat on the face-off circle in the first period; winning six of seven battles for a whopping 86%
  • Buffalo came out banging black-and-gold and crashing the net, right in Tuukka Rask’s grill. Kudos to the Bruins’ for pushing back, getting equally as physical, and taking exception to the Sabres bodies on Rask’s doorstep. That type of physicality has to continue for the next 40.
  • Rask was tested early and frequently, and came up big as usual — although I’m sure he wants that grier goal back for a “do-over”. The rookie continues to be ¬†solid between the pipes for the B’s, stopping 13-of-14 shots thus far.

Goal: Wideman (1)
Assists: Sobotka (2), Ryder (1)

Goal: Grier (1)
Assists: Tallinder (2), Torres (2)

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