The Bruins were coming off a two-game losing streak as they entered the First Niagara Centre in Buffalo, but the B’s first-line stepped up in the final 10 minutes of the third period to notch the much needed 2-0 victory.
David Krejci recorded the game-winning-goal on a result of hard work and net presence in front of Ryan Miller. Krejci also recorded an assist on the insurance goal of Nathan Horton who put the B’s up 2-0 late in the third period. Horton now has three goals in his last three games.
Anton Khudobin may have played his best game of the year for the Black and Gold turning away all 26 shots by the Sabres on this night, but the story was the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line answering the bell for the B’s when they needed it most.
This line has been suspect over the past month, but in a must win game for the B’s, the first-line delivered in the final minutes of what was an uneventful game beforehand. The team came out slow yet again, but Khudobin kept them in the game all night long and Krejci and Horton finished the job to give the B’s a much needed two points.
Head coach Claude Julien preached all week about winning the one-on-one battles and getting to the dirty areas to be effective and tonight-it was Krejci and Horton making their coach proud.
The B’s penalty kill was at it again as they killed off all six penalties on the night. The defensive effort was there, it has just been the inability to score that has B’s fans frustrated, but tonight Krejci and Horton made sure to get in Miller’s way and capitalize in front of the net and that they did as Krejci recorded his eighth goal of the year while notching his 20th assist. Horton recorded his 11th goal and notched his ninth assist of the year.
In order for the B’s to get back on track, the team needs this production on a nightly basis and there is no reason why they cannot put up these numbers.
The B’s sit one point behind the Montreal Canadiens as they will host the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night at the TD Garden.