As this game ended, I dreaded writing this article. But now I have a lot to say so let's get right into it.
I don't want to beat this to death with analysis. I'd rather just forget about this game altogether. But you just have to tell it like it is. This was a Boston Bruins game. The score was 2-1, the play was slow & methodical. Boston limited Buffalo's chances to mostly outside shots while blocking many point shots. Buffalo finished with 33 shots(14 in period 1) to Boston's 29.
Mike Grier; what can I say about him? Mike Grier is the new BEAST MODE in Buffalo. He scored Buffalo's lone goal on a nice wrister in period 1, beating Rask over the left shoulder. Grier proceeded to lay numerous brutal checks throughout the game. Keep up the good work.
Buffalo crashed the net several times, incuding one episode that ended in a scrum. Andrej Sekera had what I believe to be his first career fight. VERSUS failed to show the scrum. It's nice of Versus to show NHL games, but that's bush league, to dive into commercial during an exciting moment like that. The old EMPIRE network may have had a low budget and frequent technical difficulties, but they'd never cut away from a fight. I'm gonna hand out a Tom Jackson "C'Mon Man!?!" to VERSUS for not showing the fight.
Tuukka Rask should be a Vezina finalist, but I see why he isn't. Boston just beats the game pace to a dead halt. That can't hurt your goalie stats too much.
The Sabres are now 0-12 on the PP over 3 games. The 2 consecutive Power Plays to end the 2nd period only slowed down Boston's domination. It did nothing to change the momentum, as Buffalo continuously lost the puck and let the Bruins clear the zone on many occasions.
Johnny Boychuk laid a devastating hit on Matt Ellis. See: Brian Campbell hit on RJ Umberger from '06. He swung in from the periphery as Ellis brought the puck up and laid out the 4th liner, who got up and skated dazed to the bench.
Tyler Myers looked tentative. I'd like him to realize that he is "The Man". Tyler, we're not gonna be angry if you shoot the puck too hard. He passed up chances to shoot, lost the puck on the PP when he should have dumped it in, and looked like he'd rather defer than unleash his own version of the Chara blast from the point. All in all, he's done very well. He's still our best defenseman.
Boston's first goal came 15:17 into Period 1. 4 on 4 play, Andrej Sekera pinched in and was beat. Vladimir Sobotka and Matt Hunwick got the assists on the goal by D-Man Dennis Wideman. The shot was upper corner over Miller's blocker.
Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins up for good with 7 minutes remaining in the 3rd. Mark Recchi went into the corner and threw a hard shoulder into Tim Kennedy before throwing the puck into the slot for the Bergeron laser.
See You Wednesday for Game 4, 7PM, TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Mass.
Game 3 Highlights: 1)NHL.com http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlg=20092010,3,133
2) Youtube/ESPN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Xn_DDe1xM