As expected, Game 1 was a tightly contested game with stellar goaltending on both ends and suffocating defense that made it difficult to get any real scoring chances. The Bruins will do their best to change that and avoid falling into a 2-0 series hole.
The Sabres lead the series 1-0. The Bruins were 4-2-0 against the Sabres in the regular season. Games 3 and 4 will be in Boston at the TD Garden on Monday and Wednesday.
Tuukka Rask is 0-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .938 save percentage after making 30 saves in the 2-1 Game 1 loss. He was 22-12-5 this season with an NHL-leading 1.97 goals-against average and .931 save percentage to go with five shutouts. Rask had a 4-1 record with a 1.43 GAA and .954 save percentage against Buffalo this season. He made 33 saves in the 4-2 win over Carolina last Saturday and has not lost in regulation since a 1-0 loss to Florida on April 1. He was 4-1-1 in his final six regular-season starts.
Tim Thomas is 0-0-0 in the postseason. He was 16-18-8 with a 2.55 GAA, .915 save percentage and five shutouts this season. In his only appearance against Buffalo this season, Thomas was pulled after 26 minutes, allowing three goals in a 3-2 Bruins loss.
Ryan Miller is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .974 save percentage after making 38 saves in Game 1. He was 41-18-8 this season, second to Rask in GAA (2.22) and save percentage (.929) and, just like Rask, Miller had five shutouts. He was 2-0-2 against the Bruins this season.
Patrick Lalime is 0-0-0. He was 4-8-2 with a 2.81 GAA and .907 save percentage this regular season. He made 31 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Bruins April 8.
Milan Lucic–Patrice Bergeron–Mark Recchi
Marco Sturm–David Krejci–Miroslav Satan
Blake Wheeler–Vladimir Sobotka–Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille–Steve Begin–Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara–Johnny Boychuk
Matt Hunwick–Dennis Wideman
Andrew Ference–Adam McQuaid
Tyler Ennis–Connolly–Jason Pominville
Tim Kennedy–Derek Roy–Thomas Vanek
Adam Mair–Paul Gaustad–Mike Grier
Raffi Torres–Matt Ellis–Patrick Kaleta
Tyler Myers–Henrik Tallinder
Craig Rivet–Steve Montador
Toni Lydman–Chris Butler
Game 1 was a game of inches, and Game 2 promises to be the same. That’s why, regardless of how many shots the Bruins unload, they must make them count and create traffic in front of Ryan Miller. Look for the Bruins' forwards to follow the lead of the only Bruin to score, Mark Recchi, and crash the net like "The Recching Ball" does every game.