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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Sabres @ Boston

Well this is it folks the last game of the regular season before the play offs begin against the Capitals on Thursday. Before the game A local Radio station gave their 3 star awards to 3 very special  players and they were, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas. Brad Marchand was awarded 2 awards and Zdeno Chara was also awarded with one. 

1st period

Buffalo Sabres wins the opening faceoff to get the game started. Boston Goaltender Tim Thomas stopped Derek Roy and Jason Pominville to get his day started with 16:55 left in the period. David Krejci and his crew were applying pressure in the BUFF's zone and that put Jhonas Enroth on alert. Tim Thomas seemed to be the busiest of the 2 goaltenders in the 1st as he stopped Tyler Ennis. With Milan Lucic out at the point, and Dennis Seidenburg carries it in and David Krejci in front, Milan Lucic with the shot and it just trickled wide by Jhonas Enroth's goal. 

To the right of the BUFF goal Shawn Thornton and Robyn Regehr dropped the gloves and Shawn Thornton makes quick work on Robyn Reghr. 20th fighting major for Shawn Thornton of the season, and the both of them goes to the box for 5 minutes. Mike Weber goes to the box for a hi-sticking call he went to the box for 2 minutes. Boston's PP is tied 14th in the NHL with a 17.1% and BUFF's PK is tied 17th in the NHL with a 81.8%. BUFF successfully killed off Boston's PP with 3:45 left in the period, score remains 0-0. Tim Thomas tracks down BUFF and saves his 12th shot of the night, from a Jason Pominville wrist shot. Boston goes on a PP as Drew Stafford trips up Tyler Seguin, Drew Stafford gets a tripping call so he goes to the box for 2 minutes. Horn sounds. After 20 minutes the score remains 0-0, It was a pretty quiet 20 minutes. 

2nd Period

Both sets of players are back on the ice to start the next 20 minutes. A real nice chance by Rich Peverley, with a wraparound which ended up on Milan Lucic's stick and Milan Lucic's shot went wide of the post. 16:45 left Patrice Bergeron stole the puck from Jason Pominville and passes it to Tyler Sequin,who then shots the puck and into the BUFF net to open the scoring. Tyler Seguin with his 28th goal of the season and Patrice Bergeron with his 40th assist of the season. Dennis Seidenburg with a wrist shot from the point but it was snagged by Jhonas Enroth. 

At 10:27 of the 2nd Boston goes on a PP as Mike Weber goes to the box for a interference call, he goes to the box for 2 minutes. BUFF ties it up with a wrist shot from Brade Boyes. Brade Boyes with his 7th goal of the season and Brayden McNabb with his 6th assist of the season and Thomas Vanek with his 34th assist of his season. Score remains 1-1 with less than 2 minutes left in the 2nd. Less than 1 minute to go BUFF goes on a PP as Zdeno Chara goes to the box for a tripping call. Zdeno Chara goes to the box for 2 minutes. BUFF PP is tied 14th in the NHL with a 17.1% and Boston's PK is 11th in the NHL with a 83.4%. Horn sounds. After 40 minutes the score remains 1-1.  Boston will start the 3rd short handed. 

3rd Period

Both sets of players are back on the ice for the final 20 minutes. It was a nice PK for Boston. Brad Marchand was stopped on a shorthanded breakaway. Looks like things are getting chirpy. Jhonas Enroth just chopped at Shawn Thornton and words were exchanged after the save. Thomas Vanek with a nice pass to Derek Roy, who's shot was rebounded and Brade Boyes picked it up and the puck goes into the net. BUFF 2-1. Brade Boyes with his 8th goal of the season. Derek Roy with his 27th assist of the season and Thomas Vanek with his 35th assist of the season and his 2nd of the game. Tim Thomas gave Nathan Gerbe a Sedin like check but it went badly for Boston as BUFF takes a 3-1 lead. Jason Pominville with his 30th goal of the season. 

Nathan Gerbe with his 19th assist of the season and Brayden McNabb with his 7th assist of his season and his 2nd of the game. Boston goes on another PP as Andrej Sekera goes to the box for a tripping call, he goes to the box for 2 minutes. Tyler Seguin with a turnaround Bomb and it goes right into the back of the BUFF's goal. Tyler Seguin cuts the lead down to 3-2. Tyler Seguin with this 29th goal of the season and his 2nd of the game. Patrice Bergeron with his 41st assist of the season and his 2nd of the game, and Rich Peverley with his 31st assist of the season. Brad Marchand after his 2nd and 3rd effort on goal it finally goes into the net to tie the game 3-3. Brad Marchand with his 28th goal of the season and Patrice Bergeron with his 42nd assist of the season and his 3rd in the game. The crowd in the Garden was rocking. Tim Thomas with a kick glove save stopped Nathan Gerbe.  Horn sounds to end the 60 minutes. 


Overtime

At the Start of OT David Krejci's shot was turned away. With 2:25 remaining BUFF takes a timeout. But be fair to the both teams, it has been a very entertaining game. Horn sounds to end the 5 minutes of OT. 

Shootout

The two goaltenders were excellent during the SO. As Tim Thomas saved all 3 Shots and Jhonas Enroth saved two and Patrice Bergeron Scored the Winner. 

After the SO Boston wins 4-3.

Tonight's 3 stars are :  1.Patrice Bergeron 2. Tyler Seguin 3. Brad Boyes  

Congratulations Tyler Seguin as he became the youngest in team history to lead Boston in Points as hes got 69 points for the regular season. 

Boston's next game will be on Thursday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they take on Washington Capitals with a 7.30p Start. 













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