Talking Points: Marchand dominates, but B's fail to finish off Sabres
Gritty game for Ryan O’Reilly, who scored the game-winner in overtime by taking it hard to the net and capped off a one goal, two point game in the come-from-behind win for the Sabres. O’Reilly finished with a plus-1 rating, five shots on net, seven overall shot attempts, four takeaways, four blocked shots and 14-for-24 in the face-off circle in the kind of game that really fills up the box score. O’Reilly did it all in 18:52 of ice time and never stopped pushing forward for the Sabres, so certainly it was deserved when the hockey gods smiled on him with the game-winner in the extra session. It wasn’t pretty for Buffalo most of the night, but O’Reilly was one of the big reasons they ended up taking the game.
Torey Krug has had a tough start to the season after coming back quickly from the fractured jaw suffered in the preseason, and that continued on Saturday night. Krug was on the ice for the last three goals scored by the Sabres, and was down and out on his belly for the game-tying score in the third period that went off him before it fluttered past Anton Khudobin. Then it was Krug that nudged a Buffalo player into Khudobin as O’Reilly was attacking the Boston net and ultimately pushing the game-winner past them both. Krug finished a minus-3 on the night and is a minus-8 for the season with some really tough games sprinkled in there.
The Bruins clearly relaxed the gas pedal after scoring their fourth goal of the game, and extending things to a three-goal lead in the second period. The Bruins were outshot by a 15-6 margin in the third period while hanging on by a thread, and then an interference call to Brandon Carlo with Kevan Miller/Adam McQuaid down with injuries left the Bruins without enough stalwart D-men for the defensive zone work. The Bruins allowed the game-tying goal late in the third and the OT game-winner, but this game was lost when they basically came out for the final 20 minutes unwilling to work for a victory that Buffalo wasn’t going to hand to them.
It was a losing effort, but Brad Marchand was dominant in the first 40 minutes of the game scoring a pair of goals and leading the Bruins with five shots on net. He scored just two seconds into a Bruins power play at the close of the first period and then scored again in the opening minute of the second period after a slick drop pass from Anders Bjork. Marchand now has a five game point streak with five goals and 10 points over that time span. Clearly it’s been good for No. 63 to get Patrice Bergeron back next to him in all situations, but Marchand was the best that the Bruins had to offer in this one. It certainly looks like it’s going to be another big year for the Nose Face Killah when his numbers are tallied at the end of the year.
BY THE NUMBERS
37 – the number of saves for Anton Khudobin, who had an “erratic” night according to Bruce Cassidy where he stopped that many shots while also allowing five goals with a self-destructing defense in front of him.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“We were playing a great game until we scored our 4th goal. It looked like we thought it was gonna be an easy game after that.” –Anton Khudobin, accurately describing what happened in a game where the Bruins wasted away a three-goal lead in the second period.