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Game Recap: Bruins vs. Sabres

A sleepy affair at TD Garden

NHL: DEC 19 Bruins at Sabres Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

First Period:

Gonna be frank, this period was a total snoozefest. Two things of note happened, the first: Jason Pominville hooked Torey Krug to send the Bruins to the power play. The Bruins managed one measly shot on goals. The second: Jack Eichel was hurt on a awkward play behind the Bruins net when he got tangled up with fellow Hockey East alumni Matt Grzelcyk. Eichel ended up going down the tunnel and did not return in the first period.

Second Period:

Yea... So the 2nd period was a carbon copy of the first up until the middle of the period. The Bruins got another power play opportunity after a Kyle Okposo penalty on David Pastrnak that the Bruins looked lifeless on. Matt Grzelcyk inadvertently hurt another Sabre (Sam Reinhart) and the middle frame ended still tied at zero. Unfortunately, noted trade target Evander Kane got a clean breakaway and didn’t miss, 1-0 Buffalo with 11 minutes left in the second.

It’s the Sabres though, down their best player so the Bruins will just “turn it on” right? NOPE. 2-0 Sabres on a Scott Wilson net front shot. Whoops.

Just when you think the Bruins are going to fall victim to the lowly Sabres, Jake DeBrusk sets up Ryan Spooner with a beautiful feed that Spooner buries. 2-1 Bruins with 4 minutes left in the 2nd.

The Bruins get a bit of a jump start after the Spooner goal but the defense fails them again as one time Boston Bruin Benoit Pouliot gets a goal to put the Sabres back up by 2 at the end of the second period.

Third Period:

Evander Kane tripped David Pastrnak thirty seconds into the third period but the Bruins fail to convert on their third power play opportunity of the night. The two teams go back and forth without scoring until the waning minutes where David Backes scores to cut the lead to one, Tuukka Rask vacates the net with under a minute but the Sabres score the empty netter to win 4-2 and end Tuukka’s 19-0-2 streak. 2018 is weird man. That’s all she wrote. Next up: The New Jersey Devils at 7PM tomorrow night, expect Dobby in net.