NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Boston |
(Thursday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Miroslav Satan scored two third-period goals to
lift the Buffalo Sabres past the Boston Bruins, 3-2, at the FleetCenter.
Martin Biron stopped 23 shots for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game losing
streak. Rory Fitzpatrick added the other goal for Buffalo, which is just 3-5-2
in its last 10 games overall.
"When it was 1-0 we really should have been up 4 or 5 nothing. They (Boston)
hung in there and then it seemed like they got their big break, but Satan's
goal was huge." Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said.
Andrew Raycroft made 26 saves for Boston, which had its two-game winning
streak snapped and lost for only the second time in its last 11 overall
(8-2-1). The setback also marked the first loss for the Bruins at home in
their last seven contests (5-1-1).
Glen Murray and Mike Knuble scored for Boston, which played its second
straight contest without captain Joe Thornton.
Thornton sustained a facial laceration and a small fracture to his cheekbone
during a fight with New York Rangers center Eric Lindros on Monday, and
underwent successful surgery Thursday to stabilize his right cheekbone.
According to doctors Thornton is expected to miss Saturday night's home game
The first goal of the night for Satan came with 6:20 left and snapped a 1-1
tie. Dmitri Kalinin pressured the Bruins from behind their own net and finally
took control of the puck waiting patiently to find an open teammate.
Satan nonchalantly slipped by the Bruins defense and found himself all alone
in the slot, where Kalinin slipped a pass to the winger. Satan settled the
puck with his skate, then moved it over to his stick and ripped a shot that
beat Raycroft glove-side.
The Sabres sealed it with just under two minutes left when Satan scored into
an empty net.
"Our line really clicked tonight. There was a lot of good movement out there
and it paid off." Satan said.
Knuble then scored his 14th of the season with six seconds remaining to
account for the final margin.
Fitzpatrick gave the Sabres an early 1-0 advantage at the 11:35 mark of the
first period, ripping a low shot just inside the point that beat Raycroft
Biron made the goal stand up through two periods, stopping all 12 shots he
The Bruins finally scored the equalizer at 8:11 of the third. P.J. Axelsson
grabbed a loose puck at the point and slipped a pass to a trailing Murray, who
was just in front of the right circle and snapped a low shot that beat Biron
It was announced prior to the game that Boston defenseman Nick Boynton had
been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
The Sabres outshot the Bruins 10-5 in the opening stanza...Boston is now 2-1
against Buffalo this season...The Sabres are now 1-5-1 in their last seven
trips to Boston...Knuble is listed as day to day after he took a slap shot off
his left foot in the second period.
01/23 00:18:58 ET