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Gamenight: Sabres and Bruins scoreless in second period

December 19, 2017
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The Sabres are back on the ice after their comeback against Carolina came up short last weekend. Buffalo heads into the Christmas break with three games, including tonight against the Boston Bruins. The two teams are scoreless in the first period, check back throughout the night for updates.

First Period

15:12 - Zach Bogosian stands up for Jaobc Josefson after being crunched by Kevan Miller by his own bench. It was a clean hit on a player with his head down, but the Buffalo defenseman made Miller answer for it. The Boston rear guard got the better of the fight, but it was spirited between the two.

11:30 - If you were looking for any carry over from last Friday to tonight, I think we are seeing a little sign of it with how Buffalo is moving the puck and getting up and down the ice. It has resulted in a scoring opportunity, and gives the blue and gold a chance on the power play. It would be a big boost if they could score on the special teams with Patrice Bergeron in the box.

9:28 - Another disappointing power play overall for Buffalo, who failed to naivgate the neutral zone a couple of times. That cut off any chance in the first minute to establish possession in the offensive zone. The only time Buffalo was able to gain any positive traction was when the second unit played dump and chance, and took advantage of Boston not wanting to be caught out of position. Still a scoreless game halfway through the frame.

6:10 - Phil Housley wanted more pucks to the net. The bench boss got that on Friday, and tonight is more of the same. Buffalo is outshooting Boston 14-6 in this period. They had a couple of late, high quality chances on their power play that helped the numbers. I would like to see the team attack the net a little more, but they are at least making Anton Khudobin work in the first stanza.

0:00 - That was a good back and forth opening period, with both teams creating opportunites in chunks. Buffalo had the better of the play overall, but I thought Rob Ray's thoughts on the end of the frame was spot on. The B's took over the last five or so minutes to nearly give themselves the lead. I give a lot of credit to Robin Lehner for staying calm and not getting himself out of place. He was even able to find a loose puck from his back and keep it from crossing the goal line in the crease.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none
BOS: none

Penalty Summary

BUF: 4:48 - Zach Bogosian (5 min., fighting) 
BOS: 4:48 - Kevan Miller (5 min., fighting). 8:30 - Patrice Bergeron (2 min., slashing)

Shots on Goal 

BUF - 17, BOS - 10  

Second Period

16:50 - Boston has carried whatever momentum they had last period here over to the second, and it results in a power play. Evan Rodrigues heads to the penalty box for high sticking, and the Bruins now have the man advantage. They are already outshooting the Sabres 4-1 this frame, and have seemingly been in the Buffalo zone the whole period.

13:59 - The pendulum may have swung in the Sabres favor after they yield just two shots on goal and no real good scoring chances during their penalty kill. Any chance they had to get the puck out of their own zone and down the ice they did, and Jack Eichel nearly scored at the other end when the teams went back to even strength.

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