The B's scored two power-play goals and a total of four — their highest offensive output since beating Ottawa 4-3 on Oct. 24 — to put away the first-place Sabres in front of the TD Garden crowd.
Bruins 4, Sabres 2
TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
Nov. 7, 2009
Headliner: Congratulations to the Bruins' power play for finding the back of the net for the first time in what seemed like months. The Bruins went 2-for-3 with the man advantage, scoring their first two goals of the game on the power play with Zdeno Chara getting his first of the season. After scoring just one goal over their last three games, the Bruins offense was alive and well on Saturday night.
Grinder: Tuukka Rask got the start between the pipes for the Bruins and he made a strong case to be back in net against the Penguins on Tuesday at the Garden. In his first start since signing a two-year extension with the Bruins, Rask saved 26 of the 28 shots he faced to improve to 3-1-1 on the season. He has now allowed three goals or less in four of his five starts.
Weak Link: Jhonas Enroth made his NHL debut on Saturday for the Sabres, and it showed for the 21-year-old netminder. With a little over a season of AHL experience under his belt, Enroth got the call to start against the B's, and things got ugly quickly for the rookie. The Bruins scored against Enroth just 3:17 into the game and took a 2-0 lead a little over 13 minutes later. Enroth finished the night stopping 33 of 37 shots, but took the loss in his first game in The Show.
Key Moment: Leading just 3-1 and trying to protect the worst lead in hockey, Marco Sturm slammed home a one-timer to give the Bruins a three-goal lead for the second time in the game. Rather than falling victim to the dangerous two-goal lead, the Bruins were able to get a goal back and put the game out of reach from the Sabres. The goal happened to come right after the Sabres peppered Rask with a plethora of shots from the inside the circles and a few blasts from the point.
What's Next: The Bruins have been going through a gauntlet of elite opponents over the last week and things won't get any easier for them on Tuesday. The defending Stanley Cup champions come to town on Tuesday for the first time this season and will be looking to stop the Bruins from gaining the November momentum they thrived off of last season.