NHL Game Summary - Boston at Buffalo|
(Tuesday, January 30th)
Final Score: Buffalo 7, Boston 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Daniel Briere's hat trick and Maxim
Afinogenov's three assists led the Buffalo Sabres to a 7-1 thrashing of the
Boston Bruins at HSBC Arena.
Thomas Vanek posted a goal and one assist, as did Jason Pominville, while Paul
Gaustad and Chris Drury also lit the lamp for the Sabres, who emphatically
ended their three-game losing streak.
Derek Roy, Toni Lydman and Jochen Hecht picked up two helpers each and Martin
Biron stopped 25 shots for his 10th win of the season.
Glen Murray tallied for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and eight of
their last 10 games. Hannu Toivonen was torched for six goals on 23 shots
before exiting after two periods. Tim Thomas stopped 11-of-12 shots in a
third-period relief effort in the front end of a home-and-home series. The
teams will play in Boston on Thursday.
Up by one goal after the opening 20 minutes, Buffalo put the game away
with a powerhouse performance, netting four goals in the second on a
beleaguered Bruins squad.
It was 3-1 at 5:17 of the second, when Brian Campbell's pass from inside his
own blueline found a streaking Briere, who tucked a shot just past Toivonen's
outstretched pad on a breakaway chance.
Gaustad pumped a shot in the top right corner from 10 feet out off a great
feed from Roy just 79 seconds later, and the Sabres led 4-1.
Pominville finished off a shorthanded 2-on-1 break with Lydman for a four-goal
Sabre lead with 4:49 left in the period; then Briere added his 20th of the
season a little over two minutes later and the Sabres headed into the final 20
minutes with a 6-1 advantage.
"We were struggling with the one goal lead," said Briere. "Tonight we made
sure we didn?t stop with the one goal lead, we just kept scoring goals. We
knew they played late last night, got in late. We wanted to get at them right
from the beginning. We wanted to come out strong."
With Thomas in the net replacing Toivonen, the fireworks continued. Briere
struck for his third of the night and 21st of the season at 12:08 of the third
period with assists by Lydman and Jochen Hecht for a 7-1 score. It was his
second hat trick of his career.
Facing a sluggish, last-place Bruins team, Buffalo's 20th-ranked power play
sprang to life early on, as the visitors were whistled for four consecutive
penalties in the game's first seven minutes.
With a 5-on-3 advantage, Vanek gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 2:15, stashing
home the rebound of Pominville's right point shot as he skated untouched
in the slot.
Boston survived the ensuing 5-on-3 and the 5-on-4 after that, but when Marc
Savard went to the box for interference, Drury tipped home Nathan Paetsch's
shot through Toivonen's pads for a 2-0 lead at 8:33.
However, Murray would make it 2-1 with the B's on their first two-man
advantage as his left circle drive found a space between Biron's arm and body
with 3:16 to play in the first. That would be the highlight of Boston's night
as the Bruins were badly outplayed for the remainder of the game.
"Any loss is frustrating, any time you lose a game it's tough to swallow,
especially now when you lose a number of games in a row," said Bruins captain
Zdeno Chara. "We got behind the eight ball with the penalties we took.
Obviously, when you take that many penalties in early game you put the other
team on the horse and give them momentum."
The Sabres have won 11 of the last 13 meetings, and four of five this
season...Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts left the game late in the first
period after being hit squarely in the face with a shot, but he returned for
the start of the second...Briere has five goals and 11 points in a six-game
point streak...Boston has been outscored 19-3 in its last four games.
01/30 23:10:33 ET