The Sabres entered the night with a 3-1-1 record on the season against division rival Boston. It looked bleak at times, and it took a serious gut-check at one point, but Buffalo improved that record to 4-1-1 at the end of the contest.
A rather uneventful first period started out on an exciting note with a fight between Cody McCormick and Boston’s Gregory Campbell. The two ran into each behind the Buffalo net, in what looked like a completely average meeting of the bodies, but it was enough inspiration for them to get into a scuffle.
Unfortunately for the Sabres, it was the Bruins who struck first, putting one in behind Ryan Miller at 8:54 of the first. Several Boston players employed an effective rush into the Buffalo zone, and Nathan Horton scored a tip-in from about ten feet in front of Miller.
The Sabres had a great opportunity to tie the game at 1 early in the second period after two consecutive Boston penalties, which allowed Buffalo a 5-on-3 advantage for nearly a full moment. However, the Sabres could not beat goaltender Tim Thomas, and instead would find themselves down by two goals shortly after.
Just as Buffalo escaped a Penalty Kill situation, Boston applied enough pressure for Mark Recchi to fire off a wrist-shot that upped his team’s lead to 2 goals. The Sabres had been badly out-played up to that point, and failed on any and every good chance to put themselves on the board.
Yet in typical Sabres fashion, a 2-goal lead by the opposition hardly made them blink. Just 27 seconds after Recchi’s goal, Tyler Ennis gave Buffalo its first tally of the night. As multiple Sabres players crashed the net, Thomas tripped over one of his teammates, and Ennis was able to bounce the puck off a Bruin which quickly fell into the back of the net.
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