To finish out the new year, the Boston Bruins had a chance to put a lot of distance on a divisional rival, the Buffalo Sabres. With a win in tow from two nights ago in Buffalo, the Black and Gold came home looking to end the 2016 calendar year on a high note. They certainly did just that, as they took down the Sabres, 3-1.
It didn’t take too long for Frankie V to put one past Robin Lehner, but Chara’s slap-pass to set up that goal can’t be overlooked. Big Z is playing some good hockey and Vatrano is doing good things for the Bruins offense since he came back into the lineup.
The power play came though in the second period, where Patrice Bergeron got his second goal in as many games, his seventh of the season. It’s about time that Bergy finds a bit of a groove, his scoring presence has been sorely missed. Also, all four Sabre PK players below the hashmarks, nice job!
In the running for softest goal of the season given up so far, Tim Schaller was just looking for rebound as he backhanded the puck on Lehner. His shot juuuuuuuuuust found a hole in between Lehner’s pads, making the B’s lead increase to three.
The Chelmsford, Mass native and BU product, Jack Eichel nabbed Buffalo’s only goal as he was ready to shoot on a Rasmus Ristolainen pass.
Tuukka “2 U’s, 2K’s, 2 points” Rask made 26 saves in the win and with that, the Bruins have swept the season series against the Sabres for the first time in team history. The team finishes out the 2016 year still in third place in the Atlantic division, which for how they’ve played as of late, seems like a bit of luck, They certainly wished us a happy new year with this win and hopefully, this can give the B’s confidence to ride through the rest of the season and then some.