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Sabres beat the red hot Bruins 4-2

Jack Eichel left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury

February 10, 2018 - 7:37 pm
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Joe DiBiase reporting
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The difference between the home Buffalo Sabres and away Buffalo Sabres have been polar opposites lately. The Sabres have now won four road games in a row, compared to just one win in their last five at home. Saturday's 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins was over the hottest team in the NHL right now. Coming into the game, Boston was 18-1-4 in their last 23 games.

However, the story of the night was Jack Eichel after he left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. He ended up playing just 3:55 in the game, and did not return to action.

Here's how the entire game played out:


First Period:

14:35 - Both teams are struggling to create any offense. Just 2 combined shots through the game to this point. Still scoreless in the 1st.

9:00 - The Sabres first great chance came from Jack Eichel, I know what a surprise. Eichel skated into the slot with speed and ripped a wrist shot that was saved by Tuukka Rask.

6:52 - Play was stopped because of an injury to Jack Eichel. Eichel's ankle got caught underneath him. He got up off the ice and skated to the bench under his own power, but went straight to the dressing room.

0:38 - The line of Okposo-Josefson-Nolan got caught in their own end for almost 3 minutes in a row. The Bruins only mustered 1 shot during the stretch, but shot wide on several great scoring chances. The one shot by Boston, was a one timer by Ryan Spooner in the slot. Chad Johnson made a nice save and directed the rebound into the corner.


End of Period


Goal Summary:

BUF: NONE
BOS: NONE

Penalty Summary:

BUF: 11:27 - Jason Pominville (2 min., hooking)
BOS: NONE

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 5; BOS - 7

 

Second Period:

20:00 - Jack Eichel did not come out for the start of the 2nd period.

18:34 - Sam Reinhart fell into the boards hard. It appeared he hit his head and was slow to get up. However, he wouldn't miss a shift. Not much going on early in the 2nd.

12:18 - SABRES GOAL. Sam Reinhart hit Evander Kane on a breakaway pass, as Kane got behind Zdeno Chara. Kane walked in and roofed his shot top corner to give Buffalo the 1-0 lead. 1-0 BUF.

7:24 - Evan Rodrigues hit the post with a great shot over Rask's shoulder. The Sabres are not missing Eichel yet, as the chances are still coming.

7:16 - SABRES GOAL. Scott Wilson knocked down a shot from the point, and banged home the puck for his 3rd of the season. The Sabres announced at about the same time that Jack Eichel will not return to the game. 2-0 BUF.

5:17 - BRUINS GOAL. Boston forward Ryan Spooner cut towards the net and beat Casey Nelson to the puck. Spooner also put the puck past Chad Johnson. Nelson has to be able to tie up Spooner's stick in that situation. 2-1 BUF.

1:11 - SABRES GOAL. On a 2 on 1, Scott Wilson floated a pass across ice to Benoit Pouliot who one timed it just inside the post. The Sabres have responded well to Eichel leaving the game, scoring 3 goals in 1 period. 3-1 BUF.


End of Period


Goal Summary:

BUF: 7:42 - Evander Kane (17) (Sam Reinhart); 12:44 - Scott Wilson (3) (Beaulieu, Rodrigues); 18:49 - Benoit Pouliot (10) (Scott Wilson)
BOS: 14:39 - Ryan Spooner (9) (DeBrusk, Krug)

Penalty Summary:

BUF: NONE
BOS: NONE

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 13 (18); BOS - 10 (17)

 

Third Period

19:26 - It was a very energetic first 30 seconds for the Sabres. Reinhart helped get the puck in the zone, setting up an Evander Kane wrap around opportunity. Kane chased the puck after and took a tripping penalty.

13:23 - Sam Reinhart continues to create offense. Reinhart drew two defenders in, and threw a pass to Benoit Pouliot who was alone in front. Rask made the stop on Pouliot.

6:30 - Both teams took tripping penalties setting up an extended 4 on 4. Both sides traded chances, but the best came when Casey Nelson made a beautiful pass in front to Evander Kane. Kane was stopped by Rask.

0:59 - BRUINS GOAL. David Backes tips a Patrice Bergeron shot over Johnson's shoulder to make it a 1 goal game with 1 minute to play. Bruins net was empty.

0:28 - SABRES GOAL. Ristolainen fired the puck from his own end, and into the empty net. Securing the Sabres victory.


End of Game
Sabres - 4; Bruins - 2


Goal Summary:

BUF: 19:32 - Rasmus Ristolainen (4) (Unassisted)
BOS: 19:01 - Backes (10) (Bergeron, Marchand)

Penalty Summary:

BUF: 0:34 - Evander Kane (2 min., tripping); 8:32 - Sam Reinhart (2 min., tripping)
BOS: 8:45 - Charlie McAvoy (2 min., tripping)

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 10 (28); BOS - 10 (27)


Saves:

BUF: Chad Johnson - 25 saves
BOS: Tuukka Rask - 24 saves


Power Play:

BUF: 0 for 1 (0%)
BOS: 0 for 4 (0%)


Three Stars:

  1. Benoit Pouliot - BUF
  2. Scott Wilson - BUF
  3. Sam Reinhart - BUF


What's next:

Sabres return home to host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night at KeyBank Center. Whether Jack Eichel plays remains to be seen, but Evander Kane did say after the game that Eichel seemed to be in "good spirits". The Avalanche are just outside of a playoff spot in the West, and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Puck-drop is set for 7 p.m. with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show starting at 6 p.m. on WGR with Brian Koziol!

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