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Sloppy Play and Defensive Miscues Finally Catch up to the Bruins as They Fall to Buffalo 7-4

January 31st, 2013 at 10:33 PM
By Tim ODonnell

Well, the Bruins mistakes finally caught up to them. After surviving the past couple of games with timely scoring and scrambling defense, the Bruins weren't able to do it again. The Sabres cashed in on several Bruins mistakes en route to a 7-4 victory. 

The main beneficiary of the Bruins defensive lapses was Thomas Vanek, who finished the night with five points (three goals, two assists). Vanek gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead early in the second before three straight goals from the Bruins put Boston up 3-1 midway through the second.

But that's when the wheels fell off the tracks. Milan Lucic was called for boarding in the Sabres zone and before the Bruins could get control of the puck Zdeno Chara would get called for holding. The Sabres had a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes and they made it count. Vanek cut the lead to one with an unstoppable tip from the slot and then Tyler Ennis tied it up when he was left all alone in the right faceoff circle and one timed a shot past Tuukka Rask.

In the third David Krejci made a nice move to wait out a Sabres defenseman before wristing a shot past Ryan Miller for the 4-3 lead. And against a team like the Sabres, it should have been enough to get the win but not tonight. Alexander Sulzer tied it back up at four under a minute later.

Another Bruins turnover led to another 2-on-1 for the Sabres and again they converted. This time Cody Hodgson got the goal.

The Bruins had a chance to tie midway through the third after Tyler Myers took a four minute high sticking but Dennis Seidenberg negated it when he was called fro tripping not even a minute into the power play. 

Vanek would out-deked Rask on a 2-on-0 break to complete his hat trick before Jason Pominville added an empty net goal to seal the win.

Brad Marchand scored twice for the Bruins while Patrice Bergeron added two assists.

While Rask was charged with six goals against, there was not much he could do to stop many of them. Too many Bruins turnovers and defensive letdowns left Rask exposed and vulnerable. Hopefully the Bruins will figure out their defensive issues before Saturday when they travel to Toronto 

Tags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Dennis Seidenberg, Hockey, Milan Lucic, NHL, Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Zdeno Chara

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