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  • Pregame notes: Bruins vs. Sabres | 7:00 p.m. EST


    Pregame notes: Bruins vs. Sabres | 7:00 p.m. EST

    Joe Makarski April 21, 2010

    Ap Photo/Charles Krupa

    What: Game 4 Eastern Conference quarterfianls
    When: Tonight, Apr. 21, 2010 @ 7:00 p.m. EST
    Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
    Watch: NESN (HD) Versus (HD)
    Hear: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub

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    • The Boston Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres in Game 4 of this series. Coming off a huge 2-1 home victory on Monday night, the Bruins lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. The Black-and-Gold will need to carry that momentum from Monday into the Garden this evening to head into Buffalo on Friday night up 3-1.
    • Tonight will be the 43rd postseason game between the Bruins and Sabres. Boston holds a 23-19 record over Buffalo and a 147-136 scoring edge.
    • Boston is 29-12 lifetime when they win Game 3 of a best-of-seven playoff series.
    • The Bruins are just 1-for-6 on the power play against the Sabres in this playoff series (16.7%)
    • Killing off all 12 times short, the B’s are 100% in three games against Buffalo thus far. Dating back 16 games, the Bruins have killed off 45 of their last 48 times short (93.3%).
    • Mark Recchi is the only player in this series to register a point in each of the three games. And at 42-years-old, he became the third oldest player in the history of the NHL to score a playoff goal.
    • As anticipated, this is a low-scoring series that has relied heavily on the goaltending of Rask and Miller. There have been just 13 total goals (plus one empty-netter) on 205 total shots-against between the two clubsthus far.
    • Playoff hockey = physical hockey. There have been 239 total hits accounted for by the NHL stats keepers in the three games this series, with Buffalo having the 125-114 edge.
    • The Sabres have scored the first goal in all three games — and as cliche as it may be — the playoffs is a brand new season.Buffalo held a 31-6-4 record when scoring first throughout the 2009-10 regular season, while Boston was just 11-22-9 overall when allowing the first goal.

    Goals: Chara, Recchi, Ryder (2)
    Assists: Wheeler, Hunwick, Sobotka (2)
    Points: Chara, Recchi (3)
    Penalty minutes: Ference (14)
    Shots on goal: Chara (13)
    Face-offs: Bergeron 33-59 (55.9%)
    Hits: Sobotka (15), Begin (13)
    Blocked shots: Wideman (7), Boychuk (6)
    Plus/Minus: Ryder, Sobotka, Wideman (plus-2)

    Probable lineup:





    Marc Savard (concussion, has resumed skating and passed a neuropsychological exam)
    Mark Stuart (finger, out this series)
    Dennis Seidenberg (wrist/forearm, out approx. six more weeks)

    Matt Ellis (broken nose, out — recalled Cody McCormick from AHL Portland Pirates)
    Thomas Vanek (ankle, day-to-day)
    Jochen Hecht (finger, out)

    For more Sabres’ news, check out David Olesky and Co. over at Die By The Blade.com from SBNation.

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