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Recap: Grinders lead Bruins to a 2-1 win over Buffalo

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The big guns weren’t going, but the other guys picked up the slack.

Buffalo Sabres v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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The Bruins got off to a fast start in this one, with Chris Wagner appearing to score some 30 seconds into the game. However, the goal would be waved off due to goalie interference. 0-0 tie.

To quote Jack Edwards, “THIS ONE COUNTS!” Wagner capitalizes on a Rasmus Dahlin turnover to give the Bruins the lead in the first. 1-0 Bruins.

Fresh off of his three-game suspension, David Backes beats Linus Ullmark with a beautiful shot on the rush. 2-0 Bruins.

Rasmus Ristolainen catches Tuukka Rask with a well-placed wrister late in the third to cut the lead to 2-1 Bruins.

That’s it! Buffalo applied a bit of pressure with the goalie pulled, but weren’t able to get any quality chances.

The Bruins win another, giving themselves a two-point cushion on Buffalo in the Atlantic Division.

Game notes

  • The Bruins were running roughshod over Buffalo for about two periods, but very much let the Sabres back in the game in the third. There were stretches of the first and second periods were Buffalo was ready to be run out of the building, but there were stretches of the third where the Bruins were a complete mess with the puck. Not exactly a stellar 60-minute effort, but hey, a win is a win.
  • The Sabres will need Jeff Skinner to carry them while Jack Eichel is out. He was able to do that with two goals against Florida on Thursday night, but he was a borderline non-factor tonight. He was barely mentioned on the broadcast until the third period, where he had two decent scoring chances. Everyone’s entitled to an off night every now and then.
  • Tuukka Rask was good again, though one thinks he’d like to have that Ristolainen goal back. He deserved an assist on the Backes goal, as that sure looked like a save with a purpose.
  • A disappointing night for the Bruins’ power play, which had a few chances to extend the lead and ended up killing more momentum than it created.
  • Tough night for Rasmus Dahlin, who had more than a few giveaways, including one that led directly to the first Bruins goal.
  • Nice to see David Backes get on the board in his first game back from suspension. The goal was a pure sniper’s goal too, which you don’t see from Backes very often. Like Ristolainen’s goal, it was perfectly placed.

The Bruins are back at it on Tuesday night when Minnesota visits the Garden. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!