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The Bruins will try to wrap up their first round series with the Buffalo Sabres when they take the ice tonight at HSBC Arena. The Bruins extended the series lead to 3-1 after Miroslav Satan's goal in double overtime of Game 4 on Wednesday tonight in Boston. The Bruins found themselves down 2-0 in the third period, but were able to battle back and force overtime thanks to goals from David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron. The B's would like to get this series over with tonight, while the Sabres will need to play like a desperate team if they want to keep their season alive.

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 4 267
3 1 8 1.80 131 123 .939 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 4 266
1 3 10 2.26 137
127
.927 0


Injury Report

Boston

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

Buffalo

Questionable: Matt Ellis (nose) & 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



Boston

Goals: Dennis Wideman & Patrice Bergeron

Tuukka Rask 32 saves

Buffalo

Goal: Mike Grier

Ryan Miller 27 saves

Game 4


Final - 4.21.2010 1 2 3 OT 2 OT Total
Buffalo Sabres 1 1 0 0 0 2
Boston Bruins 0 0 2 0 1 3

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Boston

Goals: David Krejci (PPG), Patrice Bergeron, & Miroslav Satan (GW PPG)

Tuukka Rask 35 saves

Buffalo

Goal: Tim Kennedy & Steve Montador

Ryan Miller 36 saves

Notes:

- Instead of taking accountability for his team after blowing a two goal lead in the third period, Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff blamed the loss entirely on the officials. Note to Self: The key to keeping your job is to reflect blame on to others. I will have to remember that when I am up for a performance review at work.

H/T to Die By The Blade for the video

- According to John Vogl of the Buffalo News, Thomas Vanek does not look ready to return to the lineup.

- Marc Savard is in Buffalo with the team and will skate in the morning skate on Friday. He is not expected to play in this series.

- Stephen Harris of The Boston Herald gives Matt Hunwick props for his postseason play.

- The Sabres have scored first in all 4 games.

- The games starts at 7:00 and will air on NESN and CBC (north of the border). The Public Skate (open thread) gets underway at 6:30.

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