GAME OVER, Sabres Lose Game Six 4-3
The Season is over.
The Boston Bruins compiled a 4-2 record against Buffalo during the regular season. On Monday night, Boston closed out the first round series 4-2 to send the Sabres to the golf course.
For the first time in the series Boston struck first. David Krejci deflected a puck in the slot off a Mark Recchi shot, which found the back of the net. 1-0 Boston, end of 1st period.
Boston increased the lead to 2-0, reversing the score sheet as Krejci returned the favor to Recchi. Recchi whipped home a Krejci pass from the goal line, beating miller. The Sabres got on the board 6:34 into the game, capitalizing on a defensive lapse. Adam Mair picked up the puck, passed to Tim Kennedy who made a hard pass to a streaking Kaleta, who deflected it perfectly into the net. 2-1 Boston, end of 2nd period.
Boston made it 3-1, 12:42 into final frame as David Krejci tallied his second goal of the game. Krejci beat several Buffalo forwards including Pominville & Roy on the play. It took Buffalo only 26 seconds to strike back as Nathan gerbe took a Michael Ryder mistake and buried it behind Rask with authority. 3-2 Boston. The nail in the coffin came from Miroslav Satan as he tapped in Boston's 4th goal off a mistake filled scramble.
Buffalo would not go quietly as Thomas Vanek announced his presence with a late goal. He banged home a cross-ice pass from Jason Pominville with 1:13 left in the game. With Ryan Miller on the bench, the Sabres were unable to tie it up as time expired on their season.
Tuukka Rask had 2 excellent saves on Thomas Vanek. Of his offensive effort, Vanek said 'Overall it sucked'. Vanek came back with a hurt ankle and showed flashes of brilliance. He failed to score on a breakaway and also a nice tip early on in the 3rd period.
Boston advances to play an opponent to be determined. If Washington wins, the Bruins will play Pittsburgh. If Montreal wins, they will play Philly.
Buffalo ends its season, making the playoffs for the first time in 3 seasons.