Buffalo Defeats Boston, 3-1
Thursday, 02.01.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
Boston -- The Boston Bruins fell to the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Garden. Former Boston University Terrier captain, and co-captain of the Buffalo squad, Chris Drury, scored two goals, including the game winner, to hand the Bruins their fifth loss in as many games.
"We played hard," said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. "Everybody did a good job, working hard in the game, battling hard.
"That's the way it goes sometimes, you play well and still lose."
Coming off two upsetting losses, 6-1 to the Rangers and 7-1 to the Sabres, and four defeats in a row, the Boston NHL club was in serious need for a change. And just a few hours before the start of their latest game with Buffalo, the Bruins made a trade. B's General Manager Peter Chiarelli acquired a 4th round draft pick in 2008 for defenseman Milan Jurcina.
With a minor shakeup already in the books, the Bruins came out quickly and skated to an early 1-0 lead when Boston forward Marco Sturm scored his 13th goal of the season with help from Glen Murray and Marc Savard at 3:15 of the first period.
Bruins starting goaltender Tim Thomas made 12 saves (25 total) in the first period and kept Buffalo scoreless going into the first intermission.
But after the break, Drury scored two in succession for the visitors, at 3:47 and 9:11, and put the Sabres up 2-1 at the end of 40-minutes. However, the biggest moments of the second period happened when the B's Brad Boyes and Buffalo's Toni Lydman engaged in a one-rounder near center ice.
The Bruins forward took on the Buffalo defenseman and Boyes scored a unanimous decision when he yanked the Sabres player's jersey over his head and landed several nice punches before both fighters tired and went to the locker room for repairs.
"I'm not a tough guy at all, but…I'm just trying to try and get something going," said Boyes. "I'm not scoring or anything right now, so I was trying to do something to help the team."
Repeat showings of the fight continued to elicit applause as Boston took the ice in the third and attempted to erase the one-goal deficit, but the Sabres scored again when Jason Pominville took a one-timer off a pass by Jochen Hecht and buzzed the puck by Thomas and into the net stick side high.
As it turned out, it was one more goal than the Sabres needed, and Buffalo ground out the victory with Sabres goalie Martin Biron stopping 33.
"We stood up for ourselves," said Thomas. "Boysie stood up for himself and the whole night we gave as good as we got and they did not have guys flying around with no fear."
However, Coach Lewis was definitive in his attitude after the game.
"(It's) the same result, though," said Lewis. "There are no moral victories."