BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a pad save on Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins in the first period at First Niagara Center on February 8, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Sabres 6, Bruins 0: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Embarrass Struggling B's

On Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins had arguably their worst performance of the season, as they could not generate any offense and were shutout by Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres, 6-0 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.

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Bruins Vs. Sabres Final Score: Miller, Buffalo Embarrass Boston, 6-0

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Miller made 36 saves to record his third shutout of the season and 25th of his career as the Buffalo Sabres thumped the Boston Bruins, 6-0, at First Niagara Center.

Jason Pominville netted a pair of goals and Tyler Ennis finished with a goal and an assist. Christian Ehrhoff, Patrick Kaleta and Drew Stafford all scored for the Sabres, who have won three of their last four games. Ville Leino and Andrej Sekera added two helpers apiece in the victory.

Tuukka Rask was tagged for three goals on 10 shots before getting yanked in favor of Tim Thomas, who didn't fare much better, giving up three goals on 19 shots for the Bruins. They have lost three of four.

Buffalo started its offensive onslaught at 6:23 of the first period with a little luck when Ehrhoff wristed a shot on goal from the left point that deflected off the stick of Bruins' forward Gregory Campbell in front and floated past the glove side of Rask.

The Sabres extended their lead to 2-0 at 14:49 of the first frame when Leino accepted a perfect cross-ice pass in the neutral zone and started down the left wing on the attack. Leino gained the blue line with speed, slammed on the breaks at the circle and flung a centering pass right to the tape of Pominville, who backhanded a tap-in past Rask.

Buffalo came out with jump in the second period and quickly extended its lead to 3-0 off a great individual effort by Ennis.

Just 1:52 into the second stanza, Ennis collected the puck in his defensive zone and started up. He blazed through the neutral zone with speed and cut through four Bruins defenders before shifting to his backhand and putting one on net from the right circle that just squeezed through the legs of Rask, sending the netminder to an early shower.

Buffalo got another fortunate break at 18:11 of the second stanza when Kaleta let a shot go from the left circle that deflected off the stick of Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and fooled Thomas for a 4-0 Sabres lead.

The theme continued in the third period for Buffalo, as it took advantage of a frustrated and sloppy Bruins team at 1:18 of the final frame.

Sekera ripped a shot from the right point that was kicked out by Thomas, but the puck wound up on the stick of Leino on the left wing. Leino then spotted a wide-open Pominville, who stuffed it home from the slot to make it 5-0.

Stafford capped the scoring with a tap-in off a pass from Ennis with 1:02 to play.

Game Notes

Buffalo exacted some revenge after the Bruins had taken the first two games between the teams this season...Rask is 4-4 in 10 career games against the Sabres...Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton participated in his 100th career NHL fight...The game featured 90 total penalty minutes between both teams...Buffalo failed to score on two power-play chances, while the Bruins did not receive any power play opportunities...The Bruins will host the Nashville Predators on Saturday, while the Sabres will welcome the Dallas Stars on Friday.

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Bruins Vs. Sabres Score Update: Rask Chased, Buffalo Routing B's, 4-0 Through Two

Through two periods in Buffalo, it's been a very tough one to watch for Bruins fans. The Sabres have kept the B's scoreless and have added two more goals of their own as they lead 4-0.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was already having a bad enough night already, but it got worse in the second period. With just under two minutes passed in the period, Sabres forward Tyler Ennis collected his fourth goal of the season as he beat Rask on a backhand shot. With the third Buffalo goal up on the board, Claude Julien made the decision to pull Rask from the game in favor of Tim Thomas.

Even though he hasn't seen much come his way this evening, Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has been fantastic. Miller has stopped all 19 Bruin shot attempts, and has shown no signs of wearing down.

Thomas though this period has stopped almost everything in his sight, including seven Sabre shots during a power play. His only fault game came towards the end of the period, as he allowed a Patrick Kaleta wrist shot by, putting the Bruins behind 4-0. Otherwise, it's safe to say that this Sabre lead would be a lot smaller if Thomas started this game.

The Sabres have had two power plays to work with this period, as Zdeno Chara went to the penalty box for interference while Adam McQuaid went for a delay of game.

Even with a comfortable lead in this one, the Sabres haven't backed down from in-game confrontations. Towards the end of the period, Mike Weber appeared to have shoved Benoit Pouliot, which set Shawn Thornton off. Thornton won his second fight of the night as he and Weber received 5-min majors for fighting. Meanwhile Zdeno Chara's interference was provoked by Patrick Kaleta, who shoved Chara into Tim Thomas. Chara then took action and laid out Kaleta and drew the penalty.

I wouldn't blame you if you've already turned this one off.

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Bruins Vs. Sabres Score Update: B's Robbed Of Goal, Down 2-0 Through One

Through one period in Buffalo, it appears it just hasn't been the Boston Bruins' night to this point. For one, they are down two scores through one, and they were clearly robbed of a goal by the referees midway though the period.

After Sabres goal tender Ryan Miller was struggling to find position, Bruins winger Milan Lucic appeared to beat him on a slap shot from mid-ice that would have put the B's on the scoreboard. However, head referee Rob Martell waived off the goal, citing goal tender interference by winger Rich Peverley. After several replays, it appeared that Peverley didn't make any contact with Miller, who sold it perfectly. But it is what is.

Goal or no goal, the Bruins would still find themselves behind in this one. The first of two Buffalo goals came after the 6:23 mark, when Christian Ehrhoff connected on a wrist shot and beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for the opening score. The second came after 14:49 had passed, when Jason Pominville scored his eighteenth goal of the season on a backhanded shot that beat Rask. As a result, Buffalo has the 2-0 advantage heading into the intermission.

While the goals appeared to go in Buffalo's way, the fights went in favor of the B's. Shawn Thornton again found himself in the middle of a tussle as he go into it with with Cody McCormick after just over two minutes had passed. Thornton appeared to win this fight pretty easily. Following his no-goal, Milan Lucic took out his frustrations on Patrick Kaleta after a faceoff. Lucic got the better of him and got the take down. Five minute majors were enforced following both fights.

Ryan Miller has (technically) saved all 12 shots that have come his way, while Tuukka Rask has saved seven out of the nine Buffalo shots. Neither goalie has had to feel the pressure of a power play.

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Bruins Vs. Sabres: Tuukka Rask In Net For B's

In a surprise move, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien announced on Wednesday that backup goal tender Tuukka Rask would be between the pipes for tonight's clash with the Buffalo Sabres. Julien's reasoning for giving Rask that nod over Tim Thomas are unknown. Thomas got the start in the Bruins' last two games.

Rask's last game in net came back on Feb. 2 against the Carolina Hurricanes, when he saved 90% of the shots that came his way. Despite his efforts, the Bruins lost the game 3-0. That loss put Rask at 0-2-1 in his last three starts. His last win came back on Jan. 16 against the Florida Panthers.

Despite his struggles of late, Rask has been fantastic this season for the Bruins. He his currently third in the NHL with a .936 save percentage and goals-against average (1.88). Tuukka's overall record this year as Thomas's backup has been a solid 11-6-2.

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Bruins Vs. Sabres Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Has it been that long?

The Boston Bruins have not won consecutive games since the middle of January, but have an opportunity to change that streak Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres. After ousting the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Sunday, the Bruins should take a bit of momentum into Buffalo's First Niagara Center.

Boston last won consecutive games on Jan. 19, when the Bruins dominated the New Jersey Devils 4-1 for their third straight victory.

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Location: First Niagara Center (Capacity: 18,690), Buffalo, N.Y.

TV: NBC Sports, TSN 2

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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

Event: Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Location: First Niagara Center (Capacity: 18,690), Buffalo, N.Y.
Broadcast Info: Wednesday's game between the Bruins and the Sabres will be broadcast live on NBC Sports and TSN2. The game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.

Last Time Out: After falling two games in a row to Carolina and the Penguins, the Bruins were able to come back against the Capitals, notching a 4-1 win and taking in some momentum coming into tonight’s game.

The usual names found the back of the net, including Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley. Seguin now leads the team with 20 goals, while Lucic and Marchand trail just behind with 19 goals each.

Tim Thomas improved his season record and his personal against the Capitals, stopping 35 Washington shots.

The Sabres have had their own troubles this year, losing six of their last nine games. However, they did manage to take their last game on Saturday, winning 4-3 in a shootout against the New York Islanders.

They fell 3-1 in the first period, but came back to tie it and take it in the shootout, courtesy of Jason Pominville.

Nathan Gerbe, Derek Roy and Paul Gaustad each scored in the game as well.

Storyline: This will be the third meeting between these two teams, and there have been some fireworks in every game they have played so far. Everything from Lucic hitting Miller in the first game, to Gaustad coming back to try and make amends by standing up to Lucic.

Tonight’s game has a little bit different, and it’s been a while since these two teams saw each other.

The Sabres currently sit last in the division and second to last in the conference while the Bruins are still one of the top teams in the league.

Players To Watch: While Buffalo’s head coach Lindy Ruff has not been cleared to join the bench after he was left with three broken ribs in a weird on-ice accident during practice, both the Bruins and the Sabres will be left a little shorthanded going into tonight’s game.
Once again the Bruins will be without forward Nathan Horton who is still out with a mild concussion, while the Sabres sit day-to-day with Thomas Vanek.

Vanek has a goal in each of the first two games against the Bruins, so that is certainly a blow if he is not in the lineup tonight.

Prediction: The Bruins showed that they can still score and put up big numbers in three full frames. If they can continue along that trend, they will most definitely find success against Buffalo. Final Score: Bruins 5, Sabres 2.

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Bruins Vs. Sabres: B's Inch Their Way Back To Winning Ways

With a win on Sunday against the Washington Capitals, the Bruins will now try to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since the middle of January.

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