Thursday, November 20, 2008

Offensive showdown in Boston

The Boston Bruins were able to overcome at 4-2 deficit in the middle of the 1st period to get a 7-4 win against their Norteast rivals, the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins scored five unanswered goals to give them their sixth straight win at home and their seventh win in the last eight games. Boston’s last regulation loss was Oct. 30 in Calgary.

Manny Fernandez struggled early, allowing 4 goals on 14 shots in the 1st period, before closing the door for the rest of the game. Ryan Miller had a tough night and was pulled at the beginning of the 3rd period after he surrendered Boston's 7th goal to Phil Kessel.

In the loss, Vanek scored 2 goals and 1 assist. He is now the league leader with 15 goals on the season. Jason Pominville scored in his 4th consecutive game, notching a goal and 2 assists. Teppo Numminen and Daniel Paille finished the night with a -3.

Zdeno Chara and Chuck Kobasew each scored twice in the win. Marc Savard figured in four goals (1 g, 3 a), giving him 600 points in his illustrious career.

The Bruins are now 2-0-1 against the Sabres this season. They will next face each other on November 26 in Buffalo.

The Bruins' next game is in Florida Friday, as for the Sabres they will host the Philadelphia Flyers also on Friday.

Bruins forward Marco Sturm missed the game with an upper body injury

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