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A Buffalo Stampede, 7-1

Tuesday, 01.30.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By John Bishop  -
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Buffalo -- It was more of the same for the Bruins Tuesday night in Buffalo as the Sabres defeated Boston 7-1 in front of a packed house in Western New York's HSBC Arena. Buffalo Co-Captain Daniel Briere scored his 2nd career hat trick to pace the Sabres to an easy 7-1 victory.

"There's absolutely no excuse," said Boston head coach Dave Lewis. "We got outplayed, we got outscored and they won in every area."

Following their very forgettable 6-1 debacle versus the New York Rangers on Monday, Boston entered Tuesday's game desperate for something to go right. But for most of the first period, and, for that matter, the game, whatever could go wrong for the Boston Bruins, did go wrong.

Buffalo scored twice in the first half of the opening stanza as the Sabres forwards Thomas Vanek (2:15) and Chris Drury (8:33) both earned goals on the power play as the Bruins just couldn't seem to stay out of the box -- having been whistled for four straight infractions.

Thankfully for the visitors, Boston's Glen Murray scored his 24th goal of the season at 16:44 to cut the deficit in half, but by the end of the first session the story of the period were the injuries to newly called-up forward David Krejci and defenseman Andrew Alberts.

Krejci took a questionable hit in front of the Bruins net and looked to have been more than a little groggy as he tried to recover and get to his feet. Later in the period, Alberts was hit in the head with a puck as he rushed to cover an open man in front of the Boston goal and a scary scene ensued as the young D-man struggled to get to the bench.

And after the first intermission, it continued to be all Sabres, all the time, as Buffalo scored four straight goals past B's starting goaltender Hannu Toivonen to put the Bruins in a 6-1 hole.

Daniel Briere (5:17), Paul Gaustad (6:36), Jason Pominville (shorthanded, 15:11) and Briere (again, at 17:24) all scored for Buffalo in the second period as the wheels fell off the Black & Gold bus.

Meanwhile, Boston was unable to launch any attack of their own as Buffalo goalie Martin Biron faced only 13 shots (12 saves) through 40-minutes. The one saving grace for Boston was the return of Alberts, who returned to the Bruins bench in the second. Boston's Krejci did not return.

The third provided no relief for the Bostonians. Briere scored his third of the game at 12:08, beating Tim Thomas, who had come in to relieve Toivonen, and the contest was delayed as the arena crew collected the many hats which littered the ice.

Buffalo remained in control thanks to Biron (25 total saves) and cruised through the final moments en route to a 7-1 win.

After the game Dave Lewis did not mince words.

"They totally dominated us," said Lewis. "It was just an old fashioned butt kicking."

Boston returns to the Garden on Thursday, and faces these same Sabres in a 7:00 p.m. start.
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1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48


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L. Eriksson 73 19 23 0 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
M. Lucic 73 15 25 10 40
B. Marchand 69 22 17 6 39
C. Soderberg 74 11 27 8 38
R. Smith 73 12 25 8 37
T. Krug 70 12 23 12 35
D. Krejci 39 7 21 7 28
C. Kelly 72 7 20 8 27
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .919 2.30
T. Rask 29 19 12 .921 2.34
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