The Bruins downed the Sabres last night 2-1 to continue their hot streak of four straight wins. With Jack Eichel out of the lineup the Bruins were all over the Sabres from the start.
Wagner’s line is usually the third line but they got the start for the Bruins and they were the best line on the ice yesterday. They were buzzing all over the ice finishing checks and getting scoring chances.
David Backes returned to the lineup after serving a three game suspension. Coach Cassidy put him on the second line with Krejci and Pasta. Backes made the most of his return and sniped one past Sabres goalie Ullmark for a 2-0 lead.
Good for Backes getting that goal his confidence must be hurting this season because of his play. We still have a lot of season left to play but I’m interested to see what the Bruins do with Backes this offseason. They need to get rid of him. He is not worth his 6 million cap hit for ‘leadership’, the game has passed him by time to move on. For now good
Buffalo scored late in the third to make it 2-1 but that was all she wrote. The Sabres played sloppy all game but turned it on late in the game. Rask played well for the Bruins again and he has found his confidence which is huge for the Bruins going forward.
This was not the best game to watch especially after the thriller the other night vs the Flames. The Bruins dominated the Sabres but both teams had sloppy play. A lot of puck slapping and guys looking like they were in mud. These are games you need to win and the Bruins took advantage of a sloppy Sabres team.
The highlight of the night was Chris Wagner. He scored twice but technically only one counted but he was noticeable out there. It was his best game as a Bruin and he was playing with a lot of emotion. In between periods Wagner was getting interviewed and he said how his grandfather passed away the day before. He was playing with a heavy heart and his grandfather was looking down on him.
Bruins are off till Tuesday when the Wild come into TD Garden.