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Buffalo Sabres Drop Home Game to Boston Bruins

February 10th, 2013 at 10:49 PM
By Mike Matisz

Ryan Miller made 36 saves, some of them highlight worthy, in a game that saw the Buffalo Sabres drop a 3-1 decision to the Boston Bruins.

While the Sabres had the advantage physically, the Bruins forced many mistakes by the Sabres and capitalized on their opportunities to take the win on the road.

The loss snaps the Sabres' two-game winning streak. 

The problem for the Sabres appeared to be fatigue and poor decisions. While the top two lines saw themselves chasing more than attacking, the penalty kill also saw its share of the work by having to kill five penalties in the final two periods. 

The extra work on the penalty kill forced the Sabres to work harder to keep the puck out of the net, and couldn't score on their own to keep up.

The team was also not able to capitalize on their own chances. In the first period, Marcus Foligno and Nathan Gerbe both missed on open nets, Foligno not getting the shot off, and Gerbe being stopped by a diving Anton Khubodin.

The one Sabres player to find the net was Tyler Ennis in the second period. The Bruins turned the puck over in their own zone and Drew Stafford found Ennis in front of the net who made a great move in front of the net. 

Boston got its offensive support from Brian Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and an empty netter from Milan Lucic. 

While Ryan Miller made his 36 saves, Khubodin was able to make 25 saves of his own, including 13 in the first period alone.

The Buffalo Sabres will play the Boston Bruins again at First Niagara Center on Friday. 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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