Post-Game Report: 3/31 vs. BOS

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
Bruins (22-8-4) 0 0 2 2 31
Sabres (13-17-6) 0 0 0 0 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s start, Ryan Miller tied Dominik Hasek’s  franchise record 491 games played for the Sabres.
  • Ville Leino missed tonight’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • The Sabres suffered their first shutout loss since Feb. 23 vs. NYI.
  • With the loss, Ryan Miller fell to 24-8-7 in 39 career games against the Bruins, with a .919 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average.
  • Steve Ott went 14-for-23 at the faceoff circle tonight (61%), improving his season faceoff percentage to 56.2 percent, which will rank him in the top 10 in the NHL after tonight’s games.

Top Quotes

Buffalo forward Jason Pominville:

 On the Sabres’ struggles this season: “We had some great opportunities early on in the game. (We) weren’t able to put them away. Again, I think tonight is a perfect example of why we are where we are in the standings and why they are where they are in the standings. They find ways to win those games, and we’ve been finding ways to lose them. We were the team to blink first, and it cost us the game.”

On the power play: “We obviously did some better things on the power play. (We) moved it around pretty good, had some great looks on one of them, got some tips. I think (Steve Ott) got a good tip. We got shots, were good on retrievals, stuff like that. I think we were able to generate more than we have, but it’s just frustrating when you don’t put them away.”

On Ryan Miller’s play: “He played really well. He obviously made some big saves early on; he kept us in there. I mean, he gave us the type of game that you would expect out of him, and it’s just unfortunate that we weren’t able to put one away.”

Buffalo defenseman Andrej Sekera

On his positioning on David Krejci’s goal: “I tried to block the shot that was coming behind Krejci, but then I couldn’t get a body position on him very good, so it comes down to that.”

On whether he saw Horton when he scored the Bruins’ second goal: “I did not see him coming to be honest. I was focusing on the guy they dropped the pass to and I was yelling just ‘take it to the guy high,’ and as soon as I stopped talking the pass came right through my feet and it was in.”

On the team’s awareness in the defensive zone: “I think the guys played hard, and it comes down to me. I have to win my battles; I have to be better in those situations. I think the guys played pretty well. It was 0-0 so I guess we were doing a good job and I had two tough shifts and it was 2-0 for them.

Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller:

On whether the Sabres got fatigued in the third period: “A little bit. We had our chances early on and we didn’t capitalize. Their guy made some good saves and battled hard for them when they needed it.”

On the Sabres’ defensive coverage in front of the net: “It was like that most of the night. I think their whole idea is just to get pucks and traffic to the net, and our guys played pretty good attention to boxing out and rushing the shooters, so that’s the kind of game it can turn into for us. Unfortunately we just didn’t jump out to that lead, and they got a couple good bounces there and whacked the rebound in.”

On the Sabres’ overall play against Boston: “I thought we played pretty good, I thought we played the game we needed to play, we just didn’t bury. Not for lack of trying, I thought the guys made some good plays, and we were right there. Like I said, their guy made some big saves and it was a battle and it was a good hockey game.”

Boston goaltender Anton Khudobin:

On his pad save on Cody Hodgson’s wrap-around attempt: “Oh yeah, that was interesting save. It fell under my leg and I didn’t know where it [went]. I just swung my leg back. I didn’t know actually where it was, it was under my thigh.”

On keeping the team in the game: “Well it sometimes happens. We have great offensive players and we just know sometimes we can score five or six goals, sometimes just one or two. It happens.”

Boston forward David Krejci: 

On not being able to score during the first two periods: “I feel like we struggled a bit, but we had a pretty solid third, you know?”

On Khudobin’s play: “He was great. He made a great stop on Ennis there.”

On the overall play of the team: “I think we had a solid game. We didn’t get many good scoring chances in the first two periods. Too bad we couldn’t score but we stepped it up and we gotta keep it going.”

On finally being able to score: “Yeah, the goalies are great. We’ve been losing lots of games to them. Tonight it was a pretty good game so we can obviously start something good here.”

On getting the win: “Yeah, two points are huge. We played well defensively, and the goalie kept us in the game a couple times so it was good for us. We’ll take it and like I said move on and get ready for the next game.”

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