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Wednesday, 04.17.2013 / 4:04 PM / Features
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Bruins-Sabres Snapshots
In-game news, notes and numbers.

BRUINS 26-11-4 (56 PTS) vs SABRES 18-19-6 (42 pts)

10:25 p.m. - OT Snapshots:FINAL BUF 3, BOS 2 (SO)

B's Get OT Point vs. Sabres, Clinch Playoff Berth: With the Bruins earning a point in tonight's game, the B's clinch a postseason berth to the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly both notched goals for the B's tonight, while both also earning an assist to give them a multi point game. The B's are back in action on Friday versus Jarome Iginla and the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.

B's Postgame Coverage: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.

Bruins on Instagram: Follow NHLBruins on Instagram for behind the scenes pictures and the best in-game photos: www.instagram.com/nhlbruins

Shootout by Round:

ROUND 1: 0-0
Boston: Tyler Seguin led it off for the B's swinging out wide left, letting a wrister go glove-side on Miller, but the Buffalo netminder made the save.
Buffalo: Vanek swooped in left, then right, then back left, but Khudobin poked the puck away before Vanek could get a shot off.

ROUND 2: 0-0
Boston: Bergeron swung out left, similar to Seguin, but lost control of the puck right before he released it allowing Miller to make an easy save.
Buffalo: Gerbe came in straight on and tried to beat Khudobin blocker side, but the B's netminder was able to deflect it away.

ROUND 3: BUF 1, BOS 0
Boston: Marchand started his attempt skating out right and coming back left, deking twice, but Miller held his ground to make the save.
Buffalo:  Stafford swung out wide right and closed in at a tight angle, putting a wrister past Khudobin to give the Sabres two points in the overtime shootout.

10:13 p.m. - OT Snapshots: BOS 2, BUF 2

Overtime Snapshot: Both teams were able to sustain pressure on each other at both ends of the ice but neither was able to convert on their respective scoring chances. Patrice Bergeron has one of the best bids for the B's, with a slapshot from the right faceoff circle with a feed from Jaromir Jagr, but Miller was able to maintain good body position to make the save. Another scoring chance came when Ference tried to bat in a puck out of the air on a rebound attempt on the doorstep of the Buffalo crease, but Miller was able to stay on top of the puck to keep the game tied.

9:55 p.m. - 3rd Period Snapshots: BOS 2, BUF 2


Bruins go on PK with 47.8 remaining, Buffalo Ties It: With 47 second left in the third frame, Andrew Ference was called for delay of game putting the Bruins on the PK for the remainder of the third period.  21 seconds after the penalty, Cody Hodgson was able to redirect a pass from Tomas Vanek past Khudobin to tie the game 2-2.

Ference's Highlight Reel Block: With Anton Khudobin out of position after making a previous save, Andrew Ference stepped up and jumped into the crease to make an impressive leg save on a Buffalo rebound attempt to preserve the Bruins 2-1 lead. The block was similar to the save Michael Ryder made for the Bruins during the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship against Montreal

Lucic to the Box: At 4:57 into the third frame, Milan Lucic was sent to the box for high-sticking for four minutes.  Once again, the B's had a scoring chance on the PK with Patrice Bergeron leading a two-on-one rush with Marchand on his right. Bergeron attempted to send a pass to Marchand, about less than 10 feet from the Sabres net, but the last remaining Buffalo defender went to a knee to stop the pass, stymying the odd man rush. The Bruins remained resilient on the penalty kill and were eventually able to kill off the double-minor to Lucic to preserve their 2-1 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the third period.

Bergeron to the Box: Just 49 seconds into the first period, Patrice Bergeron was sent to the box for hooking to serve a two-minute minor.  Despite being down a man, Daniel Paille had a shorthanded scoring chance, triggered by his speed has he won a race to the puck in the Buffalo zone. Paille skated across the seam, from right to left, and tried to slip a shot past Miller, but didn't quite have the angle to convert. The B's were eventually able to kill off the remainder of the penalty to make them two-for-three on the PK tonight.


9:44 p.m. - 3rd Period Snapshots: BOS 2, BUF 1

Lucic to the Box: At 4:57 into the third frame, Milan Lucic was sent to the box for high-sticking for four minutes.  Once again, the B's had a scoring chance on the PK with Patrice Bergeron leading a two-on-one rush with Marchand on his right. Bergeron attempted to send a pass to Marchand, about less than 10 feet from the Sabres net, but the last remaining Buffalo defender went to a knee to stop the pass, stymying the odd man rush. The Bruins remained resilient on the penalty kill and were eventually able to kill off the double-minor to Lucic to preserve their 2-1 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the third period.

Bergeron to the Box: Just 49 seconds into the first period, Patrice Bergeron was sent to the box for hooking to serve a two-minute minor.  Depsite being down a man, Daniel Paille had a shorthanded scoring chance, triggered by his speed has he won a race to the puck in the Buffalo zone. Paille skated across the seam, from right to left, and tried to slip a shot past Miller, but didn't quite have the angle to convert. The B's were eventually able to kill off the remainder of the penalty to make them two-for-three on the PK tonight.

9:07 p.m. - 2nd Period Snapshots: BOS 2, BUF 1

Kelly Scores 100th NHL Goal:  At 14:48 into the second period, Chris Kelly gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead, after punching in the puck on the doorstep past Ryan Miller for his 100th NHL career goal (third of the season). Danile Paille was responsible for getting the puck cross-crease to Kelly up front, earning his seventh assist of the year, giving him a multi point game with a goal and a helper. Also earning an assist on the play was Andrew Ference for his ninth of the season. Following Kelly's goal, the Bruins poured on the pressure to end the second period, sustaining strong O-zone time from shift to shift.

Things Get Chippy: As Jaromir Jagr was heading to the B's bench, Buffalo's John Scott gave him a shove prompting Dennis Seidenberg and all Boston players on the ice to rush towards the bench to intervene. There were no punches thrown, but plenty of choice words and shoves were exchanged as the referees broke all of the would-be combatants apart, keeping the players under control.

B's Best Scoring Chances: Brad Marchand served as the catalyst on one of the B's best scoring chances of the period for the Bruins, streaking into the Buffalo zone down the right side of the ice. Marchand, easily beating the last Sabres defender, had his angle cut off by Ryan Miller at the last second, prompting him to send a pass to Milan Lucic on the left. The puck, however, took a hop over Lucic's stick and went off his skate, deflecting away from the Buffalo crease. Marchand's linemate Tyler Seguin also had a great chance, when he generated a burst of speed down the right wing and cut it, flipping a centering pass to Milan Lucic, though it bounced over his stick and the B's could not convert.

Highlight Reel Save:
Just about 3:30 into the second period, Anton Khudobin made a highlight reel glove-save - in the splits - on Kevin Porter, who unleashed a snapshot from just outside the seam. So far, the B's netminder has stopped 15 of 16 Buffalo shots in this evening's game.


8:06 p.m. - 1st Period Snapshots: BOS 1, BUF 0


Emotional Pregame Ceremony: The combination of the 'Boston Strong' themed montage and the National Anthem that was sung in unison by the entire TD Garden crowd sent an energy throughout the arena tough to describe in words. It sent chills thorug all 17,565-plus at the Garden, and was amazing display of the city's strength.

Watch the national anthem video below...


Watch the "Boston Strong" video...


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In-Game Snapshots:

Chara Called for Interference, Sabres Score:
With 2:16 left in the first frame, Zdeno Chara was called for interference putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the second time this evening.  Just 36 seconds in to the Sabres power play, Buffalo converted on a Thomas Vanek tip off of a Christian Ehrhoff snapshot from the point.

Marchand to the Box:
Brad Marchand was sent to the box for tripping with 7:07 remaining in the first period putting the Bruins on the penalty kill. Anton Khudobin came up with two big saves during the Sabres power play, including a puck that was redirected in the seam. The Bruins successfully killed off the penalty to Marchand to make them 123-for-137 on the year. Coming into tonight's game the Bruins led the NHL on the PK, killing off penalties at an 89.7-percent rate.

B's on the PP:
At 8:43 into the first period, Buffalo's Jochen Hecht was called for slashing, putting the Bruins on the power play for the first time tonight. The Bruins spent a majority of the power play int he Buffalo zone but were unable to generate any real scoring chances on net. The Sabres killed off the penalty to Hecht to make them 130-for-16 on the year.

Paille Scores: 
At 5:45 into the first period, Daniel Paille put the Bruins up 1-0, eliciting a deafening roar from the crowd, which transitioned into a powerful "We are Boston" chant. That was Paille's ninth goal of the year with Chris Kelly earning his fifth assist of the season

7:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs BUF

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Khudobin (9-3-0, 2.23 GAA, .924 Save %) vs. Miller (14-17-5, 2.84 GAA, .913 Save %). Khudobin is 2-1-0 with a 1.69 GAA and .936 Save % in three career games against Buffalo. Miller is 24-8-7 with a 2.53 GAA and .919 Save % with one shutout in 39 career games against Boston.

250K DONATED TO “THE ONE FUND BOSTON”: Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has pledged to donate $100,000 on behalf of the entire Bruins organization and Bruins players to the recently established “The One Fund Boston”, whose purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the events at the Boston Marathon. The TD Garden, NHL and NHLPA will also be making a donation in the amount of $50,000 each to show their support, making the combined total of all parties $250,000. Jeremy Jacobs issued the following statement:

“Our family has been touched by the heroic moments of so many individuals and the strength and resiliency of this community to stand together in solidarity in support of those who were injured and those who lost their lives in this unimaginable tragedy,” said Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. “On behalf of our entire family, we pledge our unwavering support to this community as the process of healing begins.”

MARCHAND TO RAFFLE OFF SUITE: Brad Marchand will be raffling off his own TD Garden suite for the team’s first home playoff game, with all proceeds benefitting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose son Martin passed away on Monday. The raffle is live now and fans can enter by visiting www.bruinsraffles.org.

TICKET DONATIONS TO FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bruins players and team staff have combined to donate 80 tickets to ‘first responders,’ including Boston Police, Massachusetts State Police, Firefighters and emergency medical personnel who demonstrated heroic bravery following the events at the Boston Marathon.

BRUINS/SABRES IN-GAME SUPPORT: Both the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres will show their support by wearing ‘Boston Strong’ decals on their helmets during the course of tonight’s game. Members of the Bruins organization will also be wearing blue and yellow ribbons in remembrance of those affected by recent events. The TD Garden will be illuminated with blue and yellow lighting and will have two dasher boards installed that will display the ‘One Fund Boston 2013’ URL and a blue and yellow ‘Boston Strong’ Ribbon. Prior to the National Anthem, a ‘Boston Strong’ themed video will be played on the Garden HDX followed by a moment of silence to honor the victims and the first responders. The National Anthem will feature TD Garden legend Rene Rancourt and the Boston Fire Department Honor Guard.

BERGERON, MARCHAND & REDDEN IN: Per coach Claude Julien’s pregame press conference, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will be back in tonight’s lineup after missing six and two games respectively. Wade Redden, acquired by the Bruins on April 3, will make his debut in a Boston sweater tonight.

MILESTONES APPROACHING: Bruins forward Chris Kelly currently sits one goal short of his 100th NHL goal… Nathan Horton needs two more goals to reach his 200th NHL goal… Milan Lucic’s next appearance will be his 400th NHL game.

148 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 148 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following last Thursday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.

SABRES NOTEBOOK: Patrick Kaleta’s next appearance will be his 300th NHL game. Kaleta will becomes the fifth active Sabres player to skate in 300 games with the franchise, joining Jochen Hecht, Thomas Vanek, Drew Stafford and Andre Sekera… Thomas Vanek is one goal shy of 247 career goals, which will tie him for sixth in franchise history with Mike Foligno… Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has averaged 25:05 TOI/game this season, which is the highest of his career and highest by a Sabre since Alexei Zhitnik skated 26:32 per game in the 2002-03 season.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 16-for-106 (15.1%, 23rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 122-for-136 (89.7%, 1st NHL)… Sabres power play: 18-for-149 (12.1%, 30th NHL), Sabres penalty kill: 129-for-165 (78.2%, 26th NHL).

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