- Bad news for the Bruins’ back-end — Mark Stuart was injured and didn’t return, nor will he return to the game tonight. (more on that later). Zdeno Chara has logged 18:55 TOI tonight, and is sure to his the half hour mark by the end of this one.
- But good news, although the Sabres tied it up on Luke Adam’s first NHL career goal — Boston holds a 10-0-1 record thus far when lighting the lamp first, and have outscored their opponents 32-11 in the third period. That +21 differential is the largest single-period advantage in the NHL.
- The B’s upped their physical play in this period, along with some more scoring opportunities. Blake Wheeler seems to create an odd-man break every single game while shorthanded. He broke out, while killing Tyler Seguin’s two minute high-sticking call, with PK linemate David Krejci on a nice scoring opportunity. Next line: Patrice Bergeron fed Mark Recchi all alone on the PK, but the 42-year-old hit the iron on Miller’s blocker side.
- Krecji is struggling on the face-off dot tonight, winning just 2-of-7 draws thus far.
Buffalo: 1 Adam (1) from Pominville (5) and Mancari (1)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
Bruins: 7 (Seguin, high-sticking)
Buffalo: 9 (Roy, hooking)
Bruins: 19-for-35 (54%)
Buffalo: 16-for-35 (46%)
Wheeler–Krejci / Bergeron–Recchi / Campbell–Marchand