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Boston Bruins Defeat Buffalo Sabres 3-1

February 10th, 2013 at 10:26 PM
By Tim ODonnell

The Boston Bruins avenged their only regulation loss with a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Milan Lucic all scored while Anton Khudobin stopped 25 shots in his second start of the season.

Marchand got the Bruins on the board midway through the second. Marchand took a short pass from Andrew Ference at the top of the faceoff circle and fired a shot past a screened Ryan Miller.But the Sabres would tie the game before the period ended. Tyler Ennis' shot would be the only one to beat Khudobin on the night.

The Bruins wouldn't go down easily. They took the lead early in the third period thanks to a, believe it or not, a power play goal. Bergeron found the puck in the slot and beat Miller on the glove side.

The Bruins held off the Sabres' attack and when Miller was pulled for an extra skater, Lucic sealed the win with an empty-net goal.

The score could have, and probably should have been much worse for the Sabres, but Ryan Miller was fantastic in net. He made save after save after when the Bruins were buzzing around the Sabres' defensive end. If it was any other goalie in net, the Bruins could have easily scored six goals tonight.

After the mid-game line switch against Montreal worked, Claude Julien decided to keep  those same lines tonight. Tyler Seguin played with David Krejci and Milan Lucic while Nathan Horton was with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Both lines were buzzing all over the ice tonight.  The Bergeron-Marchand-Horton line was especially on fire, spending large chunks of time in the offensive zone almost every shift and creating chances. If these two lines continue to play well, the Bruins will truly have two No. 1 lines capable of scoring every time they're on the ice.

Bruins fans should feel real comfortable with Khudobin has the backup goaltender for the season. He was sharp tonight and, when called upon, made timely and important. Khudobin's emergence could allow for Tuukka Rask to get some extra rest this season. Julien should have no fear in going to Khudobin more often than originally planned.

Tags: Andrew Ference, Anton Khudobin, Boston, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Claude Julien, David Krejci, Hockey, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, NHL, Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Miller, Tyler Ennis, Tyler Seguin

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