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Sabres quiet Nash, Bruins

Johnson makes 34 saves in 4-1 victory over Boston

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The last time Buffalo and Boston met, the Sabres lost their star forward, Jack Eichel. Tonight, the Sabres bounced back, taking down the Bruins with a 4-1 victory.

The Sabres struck first in the first period, taking an early 2-0 lead. Benoit Pouliot scored first for Buffalo at 14:26 followed by another goal ,on the power play, scored by Kyle Okposo a little over two minutes later.

Evan Rodrigues ended up in the right place at the right time and sniped the puck directly past Anton Khudobin, putting the Sabres ahead by two in the second period. Marco Scandella sealed the deal in the final frame, tossing the puck through the five-hole of Khudobin.

Chad Johnson saved 34 of the 35 shots that came his way, only allowing one goal from Charlie McCoy early in the second period. Johnson now has a GAA of 3.41 and save percentage of .890 for the season.

There were quite a few penalties tonight as Boston tallied a total of 10 minutes in comparison to the Sabres eight minutes.

For a while in the second period, the Sabres were pinned in their own end and could not get a line change. They managed to send the puck down the ice, but it was called for icing. Five players recorded extremely long shifts.

Evander Kane was once again scratched from the Sabres lineup. As the Trade Deadline creeps up, there is still no information on what his next move may be.

New to the Bruins lineup, Rick Nash tallied five shots on goal but did not earn a single point in his debut. Nash was traded by the New York Rangers Sunday morning for forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, the Bruin’s first round and seventh-round picks in the 2018 NHL Draft.

This is the Bruins’ second consecutive loss, following last night’s one point gap against the Toronto Maple Leafs, while the Sabres snap a five game losing streak.

Buffalo will play the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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