Just days after the Bruins seemed to have found their game with a big 4-2 win over the Blues in St. Louis, they couldn't continue their success, falling 2-1 to the Buffalo Sabres in a shootout Friday night at First Niagara Center.
The Bruins took a while to find their legs, but once they did, Buffalo's job became awfully difficult. Fortunately for the Sabres, Ryan Miller looked every bit the all-world goaltender he's been in years past.
Zdeno Chara scored a power play goal in the third period to tie the game after Andrej Sekera scored to give the Sabres a 1-0 second period lead, but the story of the game was the goaltenders - and Buffalo's sloppy play with and without the puck.
Bad passes in the neutral zone as well as in their defensive zone cost Buffalo dearly, with Chara's power play blast from the point coming off of an intercepted clearing attempt.
But Buffalo's four penalties - two consecutive infractions on Corey Tropp for tripping in the second period as well as an un-disciplined delay of game penalty on Christian Ehrhoff and a high-sticking call against Thomas Vanek with just seconds remaining in regulation - also cost the Sabres, if not in goals then in flow.
But flow matters not in the shootout, and Vanek and Derek Roy both had superb goals that Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron and Benoit Pouliot couldn't answer to give Buffalo the edge.