Five Observations: Bruins Defeat Sabres

Things were getting ugly in Boston, but last night they picked up a 2-0 win over the Buffal Sabres. It was the first time in five games that they did not fall down 2-0 in the game. In fact, they scored two goals in the third period to win it.

Number Five- Anton Khudobin

Anton Khudobin picked up his first shutout of the season and the second of his career with his win in Buffalo tonight. His GAA of 2.31 ranks ahead of those such as Pekka Rinne and Jonathan Quick. One problem to watch with Khudobin is the rebounds which was evident last night, but luckily the Bruins defense was there to box out any extra chances.

Number Four- Nathan Horton/Milan Lucic

Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic might be the two players called out the most on the Bruins this entire season. Horton now has goals in his past two games, 11 on the season, and David Krejci is benefiting from this. Lucic seemed to struggle at times, lurking around absently, but he did have a nice pass for an assist on the Horton goal.

Number Three- Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski picked up his first career NHL point to cap off an eventful week for the young defenseman. Bartkowski was almost shipped to the Calgary Flames in the Jarome Iginla trade that was not to be. Bartkowski expressed relief at the trade falling through, and last night he contributed to a much needed victory.

Number Two- Late Scoring

The Bruins have fallen a lot in games lately, but worst of all they haven’t been able to close games out. They played a tight contest with the Sabres last night but were able to capitalize late twice and held that lead despite several scoring chances from Buffalo.

Number One- Brad Marchand

This first observation is somewhat cynical for a good win; is Marchand passing the puck too much? He has one goal in his last five games and four points overall, but it just feels like sometimes he is taking the extra pass instead of the shot. Just something to watch for.


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