The Bruins took back home-ice advantage with a gutsy 5-3 comeback win in Game 2 at Buffalo on Saturday, and now they can take advantage of what promises to be a raucous TD Garden crowd on Patriots' Day in Boston.
The Bruins’ resiliency was questioned all season, but now they have shown that they have the fight they need to win big games, and they will have to feed off that momentum in this one. If successful, they could take a 2-1 series lead and position themselves to take command of this best-of-seven series.
Boston Bruins (1-1) vs. Buffalo Sabres (1-1)
Game 3, Eastern Conference quarterfinals
April 19, 7 p.m. (NESN)
TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
The Bruins and Sabres are tied 1-1 in this best-of-seven series. Games 3 and 4 will be in Boston at TD Garden on Monday and Wednesday, with Game 5 back in Buffalo on Friday.
Tuukka Rask is 1-1 with a 2.03 GAA and .918 save percentage after making 26 saves in the 5-3 Game 2 win. He was 22-12-5 this season with a league-leading 1.97 goals-against average and .931 save percentage to go with five shutouts.
Tim Thomas is 0-0. 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 allowing three first-period goals in a 3-2 Bruins loss.
Ryan Miller is 1-1 with a 2.52 GAA and .928 save percentage after a 26-save performance in the 5-3 Game 2 loss. He was 41-18-8 this season. He was second to Rask in GAA (2.22) and save percentage (.929) and, just like Rask, Miller had five shutouts.
Patrick Lalime is 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/Daniel Paille–Patrice Bergeron–Mark Recchi
Marco Sturm–David Krejci–Miroslav Satan
Blake Wheeler–Vladimir Sobotka–Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille/Milan Lucic–Steve Begin–Shawn Thornton
Note: It is not known if Milan Lucic will be back with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. He was dropped to the fourth line in Game 2 and switched spots with Daniel Paille.
Zdeno Chara–Johnny Boychuk
Matt Hunwick–Dennis Wideman
Andrew Ference–Adam McQuaid
Tyler Ennis–Tim Connolly–Jason Pominville
Tim Kennedy–Derek Roy–Thomas Vanek*
Adam Mair–Paul Gaustad–Mike Grier
Raffi Torres–Matt Ellis–Patrick Kaleta
Note: Thomas Vanek is doubtful with a lower-body injury and it is not known who will replace him.
Tyler Myers–Henrik Tallinder
Craig Rivet–Steve Montador
Toni Lydman–Chris Butler
The Bruins were successful in rattling the normally calm Ryan Miller in Game 2 by driving to the net and shooting whenever they could. They must continue that if they hope to win Game 3.
However, they must also be careful not to rest on their laurels of Game 2 and follow up one big win with another, something they rarely accomplished this season.