Bruins 4, Sabres 3 (SO): Benoit Pouliot Scores Lone Goal In Shootout For Win

Benoit Pouliot scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Boston Bruins toppled the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, to notch their 10th straight win on Wednesday night.

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Bruins 4, Sabres 3 (SO): Benoit Pouliot Lifts B's To 10th Straight Win

Benoit Pouliot scored the lone goal in the second round of the shootout, giving the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres for their 10th consecutive victory on Wednesday night at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

Pouliot's tally came after phenomenal goaltending from Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas (31 saves) and Sabres netminder Jhonas Enroth (36 saves). Boston (13-7-0) outshout Buffalo (12-8-1), 39-34, and won 40-of-71 faceoffs in the victory.

Boston now sits on top of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference with 26 points. Toronto (12-8-2) also has 26 points, but because the Bruins have played two less games, they are in front, completing the worst-to-first scenario.

The night started out with a short fight between Milan Lucic and Paul Gaustad, which Lucic won with relative ease. Gaustad dropped the gloves immediately after the faceoff in retaliation for Lucic's leveling hit on Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

However, the Bruins couldn't maintain the intensity, surrendering two first period goals. Christian Ehrhoff scored his second goal of the season on assists from Drew Stafford and Marc-Andre Gragnani at 11:56 of the opening period. Thomas Vanek netted his 12th goal at 15:22 on an assist from Jason Pominville. Both goals were scored on power plays.

Tyler Seguin set his career-high in goals with his 12th score of the season (assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley), at 3:37 of the second period to cut Buffalo's lead in half. T.J. Brennan, playing in his first career NHL game, scored (assists from Derek Roy and Gragnani) at 11:02 to rebuild the Sabres lead to two goals. Brad Marchand potted his seventh goal of the campaign with four minutes left in the period, assisted by Bergeron and Seguin.

Zdeno Chara scored his third goal on a power play at 3:35 of the third period, tying the game.

In the shootout, Thomas stopped Vanek on the first attempt while Seguin couldn't put one past Enroth. Peverley and David Krejci missed on their attempts for Boston while Nathan Gerbe and Pominville missed for Buffalo. Roy missed in the first attempt of the second round, as did Bergeron. Thomas stopped Staffords shot before Pouliot won the game.

Boston is off until Friday, when it returns home to host the Detroit Red Wings.


Final - 11.23.2011 1 2 3 OT SO Total
Boston Bruins 0 2 1 0 1 4
Buffalo Sabres 2 1 0 0 0 3

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Bruins Vs. Sabres: Fights Abound Early, Buffalo Leads 2-0 After 1st

Milan Lucic and Paul Gaustad dropped the gloves right after opening faceoff, a fight that Lucic won with ease, but it was the Buffalo Sabres who kept up the intensity through the first 20 minutes of the period, scoring twice to take a 2-0 lead over the Boston Bruins after the first period.

Buffalo's two goals both came on the power play, with Christian Ernhoff scoring his second goal of the season on assists from Drew Stafford and Marc-Andre Gragani at 11:56 of the period. Thomas Vanek beat Tim Thomas for the Sabres' second goal at 15:22, assisted by Jason Pominville.

Thomas had 14 saves for Boston while Jhonas Enroth turned away all 12 shots he faced. Buffalo had 16 shots while Boston recorded 12 shots in the period. The B's racked up 20 penalty minutes while the Sabres had 16 minutes in the box.

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VIDEO: Bruins' Milan Lucic, Sabres' Paul Gaustad Fight In First Period

Boston Bruins left winger Milan Lucic wasted no time getting his gloves off against Buffalo Sabres center Paul Gaustad. The fight happened just 1:23 into the first period of play on Wednesday night. After the last game against the Sabres when Lucic took out Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, an early fight was expected as the Buffalo team was incensed about the hit.

As you can see in the video, Gaustad approached Lucic before the faceoff to let him know it was time to go. Sticks, gloves and helmets were quickly tossed aside as the two met above the opposite faceoff circle. Gaustad wouldn't be as lucky with Lucic as he was with his equipment. 

Lucic got in a quick jab to Gaustad's face while he was still sizing him up. Gaustad got one attempt in before Lucic took the fight over. Lucic made quick work of Gaustad although the result was less than devastating for Gaustad's head.

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Bruins Vs. Sabres Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7 p.m. EDT.
Location: First Niagara Center (Capacity: 18,690), Buffalo, NY.
Broadcast Info: Wednesday's game between the Bruins and Sabres will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on the 98.5 the Sports Hub Radio Network, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.
Last Time Out: Two of the last three games the Bruins have been in, there has been no blow out associated with it. A 2-1 shootout victory against Columbus and the most recent one on Monday, a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens--a significant difference from their seemingly usual six-goal blowouts. However, even though the first line has been dormant the past couple of games, and the streaking Tyler Seguin hasn’t netted a goal in four games, Claude Julien said what’s important is that his team is still finding ways to win games. The defense has been a huge part of it, scoring big goals in both of the close games. Andrew Ference scored the lone goal in Monday’s 1-0 game.

Meanwhile, the Sabres have had to do without Ryan Miller who suffered a concussion after the last time these two teams met and Milan Lucic collided with him. The Sabres last game, however, they played on Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes where they fell 4-2, and lost defenseman Tyler Myers in the second period. Myers left the game with a broken wrist and will be out four to six weeks. Luke Adam and Patrick Kaleta each scored a goal that game, but it wasn’t enough to earn the two points.

Storyline: Ryan Miller said it plainly on November 15 when talking to the media about Milan Lucic. "Lucic's a tough guy. What are you going to do, try to hack him, spear him, cheap-shot him? Then you're no better than he is," Miller said. "I try to have their backs. I trust they have mine, so that's the end of that one."

The Bruins have also made it clear that they are just looking for the win tonight which would boost them up to first place in the Division. Lucic did note that it would be a "hard-fought game" but that was all he said about it. Meanwhile, Sabres forward Paul Gaustad claimed he was "embarrassed" about the lack of reaction from the rest of the team. That being said, it doesn’t say in black and white that there will be some frustration on the ice tonight, but everything points to something happening.

However, Miller won’t be in net tonight, and Jhonas Enroth will be taking his place. He ranks 9th in the league with a .931 save percentage and 10th in GAA with 2.06. The Bruins were able to score three times against him in the last game after Miller left the game before the start of the third period.

Players To Watch: Thomas Vanek seems to have the Bruins number, and scored the first goal last game for the Sabres. Vanek has now scored the first goal in five games this season which is good enough for the league best. He also has seven points (4-3=7) in the past four games against the Bruins.

Milan Lucic will also be a player to keep an eye on. Obviously it will be interesting to see who, if anyone, the Sabres decide to send up against him. But don’t expect him to slow down any or be timid if someone is willing to step up.

Prediction: I would be surprised if Buffalo tried to start anything with the Bruins. Teams have found when it comes to the aggressive, bruise-inducing game play, the B’s have a way of harnessing the energy and using it to dominate games. However, Buffalo might have to try anything to try and derail the Bruins at this point. Final Score: Bruins 3, Sabres 2.

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Bruins Vs. Sabres: B's Go For Ten Straight Wins

Bruins are looking for their streak to continue tonight against the Sabres, but the scream from fans in Buffalo is for blood, not two points from their team.

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