Coming off of their best game since the All-Star break, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins did a 180 in 6-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on February 8. After their first goal of the game was waived off, the Bruins fell into a deep funk offensively and coasted for most of the night. Ryan Miller picked up his second shutout in his last three games with 36 saves. The Bruins dropped to 33-17-2 with their third loss in the last four games.
6:23 into the game, Christian Ehrhoff wristed a shot from the point which deflected off Gregory Campbell's stick and past Tuukka Rask to put the Sabres up 1-0. The Bruins thought they had the game tied at 8:20, but Chris Kelly's would-be goal was waived off for incidental contact with the goaltender by Rich Peverley. The call was poorly received by the Bruins as the replay showed minimal contact with Ryan Miller. Ville Leino found Jason Pominville at the crease in transition to make it 2-0 Buffalo at 14:49. The Bruins outshot the Sabres 12 to nine and held them to just three scoring chances, but entered the first intermission trailing 2-0.
The Sabres extended their lead to 3-0 1:52 into the second period when Tyler Ennis beat Rask glove side. After the third goal, Tim Thomas replaced Rask in net. Thomas' impact was immediately felt when he single-handedly killed off the game's first power play. The Bruins' attack became disjointed after the disallowed goal and spent the majority of the second period defending their own zone. Patrick Kaleta scored his fifth late in the period to give the Sabres a 4-0 lead heading into the third period.
Pominville struck again 1:18 into the third period to make it 5-0 Buffalo. The Patrice Bergeron line put together some good scoring chances and the Bruins put 15 shots on goal in the third period, but they never broke through. A Joe Corvo turnover behind Boston's net led to Buffalo's sixth and final goal by Drew Stafford at 18:58.
The Bruins get two days off to rebound from their disappointing effort before returning to the TD Garden to face the 32-17-5 Nashville Predators on Saturday, February 11. The Bruins will play two home games before heading out on a six-game road trip.
Boston at Buffalo, Wednesday, February 8, 2012, NHL--Yahoo! Sports
William Menna is a native New Englander and longtime Boston sports fan.
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