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The Bruins and Sabres will continue their best-of-seven first round series tonight when they hit the ice at TD Garden for Game 4. The B's took a 2-1 series lead after a 2-1 victory over Buffalo on Marathon Monday. After Monday night's win, it seems like the Bruins have all the momentum in this series and they would love nothing more than to win on home ice to go up 3-1 before heading back to Western New York for Game 5 on Friday night. Meanwhile, Lindy Ruff's team will look to knot the series at 2 games a piece.

Probable Starting Goaltenders:


Tuukka Rask

#40 / Goalie / Boston Bruins

6-3

169

Mar 10, 1987



GP MIN W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Playoffs - Tuukka Rask 3 179
2 1 6 2.01 94 88 .936 0


Ryan Miller

#30 / Goalie / Buffalo Sabres

6-2

175

Jul 17, 1980



GP MIN W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Playoffs - Ryan Miller 3 179
1 2 7 2.36 98
91
.929 0


Injury Report

Boston

Out for the Series: Mark Stuart (finger), Dennis Seidenberg (wrist) & Marc Savard (concussion)

Buffalo

Questionable: Matt Ellis (shoulder)

Doubtful: Thomas Vanek (foot)

Out for Series: Jochen Hecht (finger)

Bruins Projected Lines & D-Pairs:

Milan Lucic
Patrice Bergeron
Mark Recchi
Marco Sturm
David Krejci
Miroslav Satan
Blake Wheeler
Vladimir Sobotka
Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille
Steve Begin
Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara
Johnny Boychuk
Matt Hunwick
Dennis Wideman
Andrew Ference
Adam McQuaid

Series Recap:

Game 1



Boston:

Goal: Mark Recchi (PP)

Tuukka Rask (30 saves)

Buffalo:

Goals: Thomas Vanek & Craig Rivet

Ryan Miller (38 saves)

Game 2



Boston

Goals: Zdeno Chara (2), Michael Ryder (2), Mark Recchi (ENG)

Tuukka Rask 26 saves

Buffalo

Goals: Tyler Myers, Matt Ellis, Jason Pominville

Ryan Miller 26 saves

Game 3


Final - 4.19.2010 1 2 3 Total
Buffalo Sabres 1 0 0 1
Boston Bruins 1 0 1 2

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Boston

Goals: Dennis Wideman & Patrice Bergeron

Tuukka Rask 32 saves

Buffalo

Goal: Mike Grier

Ryan Miller 27 saves

Notes:

- Marc Savard has been cleared to practice.

- The Sabres have decided to add a little muscle to their lineup. The Sabres have called up Cody McCormick from the Portland Pirates. The 6'3" 215 lb forward finished the year with 17 goals and 168 PIMs in 66 AHL games this season. McCormick had 11 AHL regular season fights this year, including this brawl against the Providence Bruins:

- The Sabres practiced at Ristuccia Arena on Tuesday. There has been no word on how they felt about the Bruins no-frills facility in Wilmington.

- Most money lines have the Bruins at -130 favorites.

- Mark Recchi is the only player on either team to score a power play goal in this series. The Bruins are 1 for 6 on the power play, while the Sabres are 0 for 12.

- Mark Recchi is the third oldest player to score an NHL playoff goal. Can you name the two older players? (answer after the jump).

- Game starts at 7:00 and will air on NESN, Versus (out of market), and CBC (up north). Public Skate (open thread) starts at 6:30.

- For more on tonight's game, check out Die By The Blade

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