After defeating one division rival earlier this week, the Sabres did it again on Thursday. Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis each recorded two points as the Sabres defeated Boston 4-2 on Thursday night. Despite the win, the Sabres got a taste of their own medicine (from what happened to Montreal on Tuesday) injury wise.
After his recent return from injury, Patrick Kaleta blocked a shot that hit him in the same hand that he broke. He left the game, did not return, and will likely miss a good amount of time. Mike Weber also blocked a shot, but he did return later in the game.
The Bruins came into the game 18-1-3 when scoring the first goal of the game. They also came in 15-0-1 when leading after the first period. Those stats didn’t matter to the Sabres, who scored four times to defeat Boston by two.
Ryan Miller came up big a few times throughout the game to keep his team in it. Nathan Horton had a chance on a breakaway, but Miller got enough of the shot to steer it away in the first period.
Miller finished with 38 saves on the night, earning his 19th win of the season. Tuukka Rask received the start for Boston, and made 29 saves.
Cody McCormick scored Buffalo’s first goal early in the second period. It was his third in the past five games. Vanek got what turned out to be the game winner, after scoring on a 2-on-1 rush. It was Vanek’s 18th goal of the season, the most on the Sabres team.
The Sabres will head home to take on the New York Islanders on Friday for the first game of a home and home series.