Sabres Vs. Bruins Review 1/5/2019

                This was a very hard game to watch. Tonight the Sabres lost to the Bruins 2-1. The Bruins came out flying and made it difficult for the Sabres to get anything going. Wagner opened the scoring for the Bruins halfway through the first, assisted by Acciari. Throughout the first 30 minutes of the game, the Bruins really dominated the game. This led to the second goal of the game, early in the second, by David Backes. Before the 10-minute mark of the second, the Bruins out shot the Sabres 10-1. In the second half of the game, the Sabres finally woke up. The scoring chances were almost equal between both teams after this point.

                Once the third period started, the Sabres tried everything they could to get back into this game. They started to generate chances, but to no avail. Mittelstadt, Skinner, Sheary, and Dahlin were all getting chances to bury the puck. Finally, late in the third period, Ristolainen put a beautiful shot past Rask. This prevented a shutout against the Sabres, but it wasn’t enough. With a pulled goaltender, the Sabres couldn’t control the puck in the Bruins zone. Resulting in a final score of 2-1 Boston.

                Both Tuukka Rask and Linus Ullmark were fantastic tonight. Rask was always in position, and Ullmark made several key saves to keep the Sabres in this game. For the Bruins, Kuraly has been playing fantastic lately. He was all over the ice, generating many offensive chances. Their top line was pretty quiet throughout the game. Marchand, Pasternak, and Bergeron didn’t produce any points. They had their share of chances, but nothing to show for it. For the Sabres, Skinner and Sheary created a lot of chances, however neither of which got a point. Rasmus Dahlin gave the puck to Acciari early in the game leading to the first goal. Besides this hiccup, Dahlin displayed his talent for the rest of the night.

                For Buffalo fans, this is a hard game to swallow. Boston passed Buffalo in the standings, and the Sabres are now in a wildcard spot. This is the last time these two teams play each other this season. The Sabres will not get another chance to close the gap with Boston. For the remainder, of the season the Sabres will have to have to fight an uphill battle to remain in a playoff spot.

Mitch KozlowskiComment