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« on: June 29, 2014, 06:34:43 PM »
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Milan Lucic answered the call, and the Boston Bruins picked up yet another win. In the first meeting between Boston and the Buffalo Sabres since Lucic bowled over Sabres goalie Ryan Miller 11 days ago, Lucic engaged in a fight with Paul Gaustad just 83 seconds in. Benoit Pouliot scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout, and the Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit for their 10th straight win, a 4-3 victory over Buffalo on Wednesday night. It is the Bruins first 10-game winning streak since Dec. 12, 2008, to Jan. 1, 2009. The Sabres didnt go after Lucic when he steamrolled Miller -- who sustained a concussion on the play and is still sidelined -- but Gaustad and Lucic didnt take long to square off, with Lucic landing several rights to Gaustads head and body. "I still to this day still say it was a collision (with Miller), but when you do something like that you always prepare to step up and fight for yourself," Lucic said. "There wasnt much of a conversation, it was just straight to the point. It was actually probably good on both ends just to get it out of the way off the start, then just move on." With a faceoff in the right circle in the Boston end, Lucic skated onto the ice for the first time to stand next to the inner hash mark. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff delayed putting a forward line out there for several seconds before eventually sending Gaustad out. A normal centre, Gaustad lined up as a winger right next to Lucic, and they both dropped their gloves and took off their helmets immediately after the puck was dropped. "It was an unfortunate incident in Boston, and I give credit to Milan for fighting," Gaustad said. "Its something where guys dont have to, and he did. I wanted to step up after I thought I could have done more in the (earlier) Boston game." The game had plenty of buildup after the Lucic-Miller incident, and there was a charged-up and playoff-type atmosphere in the sellout crowd. The two teams didnt disappoint, especially in the first period when they combined for 36 penalty minutes and 28 shots on goal. With 8:27 to go in the first, Gaustad was involved in a scrum that started in the right corner in the Bruins zone when Bostons Brad Marchand originally hit Nathan Gerbe along the boards. Gaustad moved in and shoved Marchand before Adam McQuaid began cross-checking Gaustad to the ice. All 10 players joined in the pile, with Boston captain Zdeno Chara and Buffalo defenceman Robyn Regehr ultimately drifting away to fight. McQuaid was given a double-minor, and Buffalos Christian Ehrhoff cashed in with a slap shot from the right point to stake the Sabres to a 1-0 lead at 11:56 of the first. The goal snapped Tim Thomas road shutout run at 234:05, and his overall shutout streak was stopped at 145 minutes. With 84 seconds left in the second period, Buffalos Drew Stafford bumped into Thomas. Boston defenceman Andrew Ference immediately grabbed Stafford and the two began to wrestle. "That meant a lot to me," said Thomas, who finished with 31 saves. "We dont discuss it hardly at all," Thomas said of the streak. "I dont think about it at all until Im reminded of it." Tyler Seguin had a goal and assist, and Marchand and Chara both scored for Boston (13-7-0), which trailed 2-0 and 3-1. "We just needed to take a few deep inhales and exhales and needed to calm down," Chara said. "Going into the third we played our game." T.J. Brennan scored his first NHL goal in his first game, and Thomas Vanek also scored for the Sabres (12-8-1), who lost their second straight. Jhonas Enroth finished with 36 saves in making his fifth straight start since Miller was injured. "I was happy with how we played," Ruff said. "We worked hard, and we answered every call." Chara tied the game at 3-3 3:35 into the third period with a power-play goal before Pouliots wrist shot beat Enroth to give the Bruins the extra point. "I was happy not to miss it," Pouliot said. "Everyone was shooting low, so I shot high and it went in." Down by a pair of goals after the first period, the Bruins cut the lead in half when Seguin one-timed a shot in from the left point on the power play to make it 2-1 just 3 1/2 minutes into the second. Brennan pushed the Sabres edge to 3-1 with just under nine minutes left in the second period, whipping a shot in from the right circle. Marchand made it 3-2 with four minutes remaining in the middle period, lifting a wrist shot in from a tight angle to the left of Enroth. Vanek upped Buffalos lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal with 4:38 left in the first, wristing a shot from the slot past Thomas. NOTES: Sabres C Jochen Hecht played in his first game of the season after missing the first 20 with a concussion. He replaced RW Patrick Kaleta in the lineup. ... Buffalo RW Brad Boyes left with under four minutes remaining in the first period and didnt return after Boston defenceman Dennis Seidenberg fell into and rolled over Boyes right leg, causing Boyes knee to buckle. Hes expected to miss some time according to Ruff. ... The Sabres played their first game without D Tyler Myers, who is out for at least a month with a broken wrist. ... Bostons overall shutout run produced by Thomas and Tuukka Rask was snapped at 174:07. ... Seguin scored his 12th goal of the season, surpassing the 11 he scored last season as a rookie. ... Former Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek watched the game from a private suite. MLB Jerseys China . Briere was skating through the Nashville zone without the puck when he was hit by Predators forward Eric Nystrom. Briere remained on the ice for a few minutes before leaving for the dressing room. Wholesale MLB Jerseys . Hogg, who toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions last year, missed the autumn internationals because of injury but is back among four personnel changes to Scotlands starting XV for the match in Dublin. The Rangers said Ortiz had surgery Friday and will be out for three months. The left-hander was 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 32 appearances last season. UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Ryan Miller and the rest of the Buffalo Sabres were still working hard even when it appeared their season-opening losing streak was about to reach a club-record eight games. Often beaten -- but not beaten down -- the Sabres mustered a late comeback to get to overtime and then topped the New York Islanders in a shootout to win 4-3 on Tuesday night. "Its good to finally get a win," a relieved Miller said. "Gives us a chance to feel good for a while, and hopefully we can build." Marcus Foligno scored the tying goal with 2:01 left in regulation, and Miller stopped John Tavares in the final round in the shootout to give the Sabres the long-anticipated victory. "You build and keep working hard. Tonight it paid off," Foligno said. "Hopefully this can change our confidence." The Sabres (1-6-1), beaten 2-1 by Minnesota at home Monday, had never lost more than their first seven games. Buffalo started 0-5-2 in 1999 and 0-4-3 in 1990. "I thought we outplayed them late in the game," Foligno said. "This feeling is awesome. We just want to continue it." Buffalo played for the third time in four days and got something to show for it. Now the Sabres return home for three straight games. They even overcame the loss of centre Zemgus Girgensons, who skated off in the first period after being bloodied when he was struck in the face by a shot by teammate Tyler Myers. "You have to start somewhere, and its important that we started now," Miller said. Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis also scored in the shootout. Miller allowed a goal to Matt Moulson in the first round, but then denied Frans Nielsen and Tavares. Buffalo erased three one-goal deficits to end its slide. The last came after Myers kept the puck in the New York zone and got it to Foligno for a screened shot past Evgeni Nabokov. Moulson had deflected in Tavares shot during a power play with 11:16 remaining to put the Islanders ahead 3-2. Nielsen and Matt Martin also scored for the Islanders (2-2-2), who dropped two on the road before returning home. Nabokov made 31 saves through overtime for New York, which recorded a season-high 44 shots. The Islanders took a pair of one-goal leads -- one in each of the first two periods -- but Ennnis and Vanek both scored in the second to get Buffalo into a 2-2 tie.dddddddddddd "It is a tough way to lose," Martin said. "We had a lot of opportunities to put them away early but we didnt do it." Nielsen made it 1-0 in the first when he stopped hard in the left circle and snapped a drive past Miller with 6:49 remaining for his third goal. The first period has proved troublesome for the Sabres all season as they have been outscored 10-1 in the frame and outshot 118-67. New York had a 16-11 edge in shots in the first and outshot Buffalo 32-24 through 40 minutes. The Islanders hadnt recorded more than 30 shots in their first five games. "I dont think we let them off," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "I thought Ryan Miller made some big saves. "Tonight was a good game for us. I thought the guys really paid attention to the details the past 48 hours." Ennis got Buffalo even at 1 with a fortunate goal 5:24 into the second after a shot by Drew Stafford trickled between Nabokovs pads and landed behind him in the blue paint. Ennis swooped in and slammed the puck in for his first of the season. But New York needed just 2:44 to go back in front when Martin netted his first. Eric Boulton sent a right-to-left pass in front to Casey Cizikas for a shot that was stopped by Miller and knocked behind the net. Cizikas quickly got to it and flung it into the crease to Martin for a redirect. The Sabres rallied again to tie it 2-2 with a power-play goal after Tavares was sent off for high-sticking. Cody Hodgson sent a pass from the left circle dot in front to Vanek for a quick redirection past Nabokov. It was the third goal this season for Vanek. NOTES: Sabres RW Patrick Kaleta received a 10-game suspension from the NHL after an in-person hearing for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson last week. Kaleta had already served two games before Tuesday. ... Islanders RW Colin McDonald sat out because of an injured left hip. He is day to day. ... The only time New York has reached 30 shots this season was in a shootout loss to Columbus on Oct. 5. ... Buffalo was 1 for 4 on the power play after going 2 for 25 before Tuesday. ... The Islanders are 1-2 in shootouts. This was Buffalos first. ' ' '


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