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    Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Sabres

    Chris Chirichiello February 6, 2016

    The Boston Bruins fell down 2-0 Thursday night in Buffalo to the Sabres, but that did not stop them from notching two points in a come-from-behind shootout win.

    It was just nights before where Boston blew a two-goal third period lead against the Toronto Maple Leafs on home ice, to eventually losing 4-3 in overtime.

    Thursday, Tuukka Rask notched his 18th victory of the season making 26 saves while Brad Marchand scored his 23rd goal on the year. Ryan Spooner recorded the only goal in the shootout giving the Black and Gold the two points they desperately needed.

    It’s a short turnaround for the B’s, but it will be against the same Buffalo Sabres they saw two nights ago. The only problem is this time it will be at TD Garden where Claude Julien’s team just cannot find consistent success.

    Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 27-18-6 (60 points), Sabres 21-26-5 (47 points)
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly
    David Pastrnak-David Krejci-Loui Eriksson
    Matt Beleskey-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes
    Zac Rinaldo-Max Talbot-Landon Ferraro

    Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman
    Dennis Seidenberg-Colin Miller
    Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Sabres projected lines

    Jamie McGinn-Ryan O’Reilly-Sam Reinhart
    Zegmus Girgensons-Jack Eichel-Marcus Foligno
    Evander Kane-Johan Larsson-Brian Gionta
    Matt Moulson-David Legwand-Nicolas Deslauriers

    Rasmus Ristolainen-Josh Gorges
    Zach Bogosian-Mark Pysyk
    Jake McCabe-Cody Franson

    Chad Johnson
    Robin Lehner

    Matchup to watch: Bergeron line vs. Sabres defense

    Bergeron vs Kings

    (Patrice Bergeron has been one of the Bruins most consistent forwards this season. Photo: Joe Makarski/Bruins Daily)

    It was evident Thursday night that the Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly line was having a good night. They extended pressure in the Sabres’ zone creating a lot of zone time and scoring chances.

    Bergeron won 55 percent of his face-offs, Marchand scored the game-tying goal on a play which started in his own end and Connolly is beginning to show some signs of having a nose for the net.

    The two-way play of Bergeron is relentless as we all know, but it is starting to rub off on the other two making this line a match-up nightmare for lesser-skilled lines.

    Storyline to watch: Can the Bruins hold a two goal lead?

    We know the B’s have trouble winning on Causeway street, but what is more alarming is their lack of putting away opponents when holding a two-goal lead.

    It is happening too often as of late where we see the Black and Gold jump out to a two-goal lead or extend a lead to two goals in the second period, but then find themselves tied or trailing with two minutes to go in the game.

    At this point in the season with the standings so tight, that just cannot happen. The B’s have proved time and again why a two-goal lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey, but for once let’s see them extend that lead to three or even four especially against a inferior opponent.

    Saturday night at TD Garden should be the opportunity they are looking for in front of their home crowd. Boston needs to score early and often not allowing Buffalo to hang around.

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