Archives for April 2010

Regier model for Sabres didn’t work

‘You’re supposed to accept a first-round flameout and see this as a young team whose time is coming. But when does it become time for Connolly, Pominville and Roy? When will they be held accountable for leading a playoff run?’

Play of special teams costly for Sabres in 4-2 series loss

‘The Sabres’ power play went a stunning ‘zero-of-19’ in the series. The Bruins, who only outscored the Sabres 16-15, tallied six times on the man advantage, including twice to open up an early two-goal lead Monday. There’s the series, folks.’

Vanek could have made a difference

‘“Injuries are part of the game,” Vanek said. “It sucks. I felt like at the end of the year I played my best hockey. I finally felt good, then that happened.”’

Sabres minority owner disappointed by early exit

‘Quinn says Tuesday he’s "very disappointed" a day after the Sabres were eliminated from the postseason in a 4-3 loss to Boston in Game 6 of their series. That’s not what he was expecting from a team that won the Northeast Division title and featured goalie Ryan Miller, the Winter Olympics MVP and NHL Vezina Trophy finalist.’

Battling to bitter end, Sabres bow to Bruins

‘Intermission didn’t halt the run of dumb penalties. Tim Connolly, at the Boston goal line, cross-checked Wideman from behind just 16 seconds into the second. Connolly and Tallinder watched from the box as Boston scored on the four-on-three.’

Vanek gets goal, but laments his misses

‘"I felt good enough to play," said Vanek, who had missed three games after getting taken out by Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk in Game Two. "We were pretty desperate. Right away on the first shift, I had a good chance and put it in [Rask’s] chest. Second period another good chance and missed. I was put back in the lineup to bring offense and I disappointed on that side."’

Tough series exposes cracks in foundation

‘”When you lose a seven-game series, you have to say the other team is better,” Grier said. “There’s no excuses and no way around it. We had our chances to grab hold of this series, and we didn’t take advantage. They did.”‘

Rask revels after outdueling Miller

‘”Playing against that kind of goalie, it’s never easy to score goals,” Rask said. “If you don’t get traffic and make the plays we did today, you’re not going to score on him. He played really good games but as a goalie you know that there are shots that you can’t stop.”‘

Sabres-Bruins analysis: How the game was won

‘Sabres’ power play never materialized, finishing 0 for 19. Penalty killers joined the missing persons list, allowing five goals in the final three games.’

Tuesday’s Boston Coverage

Second coming (Boston Globe)

No advantage for Sabres (Boston Globe)

Krejci got it started (Boston Globe)

Satan gets best of Miller once again (Boston Globe)

Never a dull moment for Bruins (Boston Herald)

Bruins digging in for seconds (Boston Herald)

Tuukka Rask gives Bruins a chance (Boston Herald)

Marc Savard awaits pass (Boston Herald)

Black Aces watch, wait (Boston Herald)

Boston Bruins eliminate Buffalo Sabres to reach reach second round of Stanley Cup playoffs (Quincy Patriot Ledger)

Boston Bruins’ power play succeeds despite center Marc Savard’s absence (Quincy Patriot Ledger)

Cool change (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Rask doubters now have to believe (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Bruins never let it be Miller Time (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)

Quiet Krejci makes loudest contribution (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)

Ouster of Buffalo a thrill, but B’s have bigger things in mind (New Bedford Standard Times)

Savard out, Vanek in (New Bedford Standard Times)

Bruins oust Sabres (Nashua Telegraph)

Garden party (Lowell Sun)

B’s clicked when it mattered most (ESPN)

Rask comes up huge (ESPN)

Revitalized Milan Lucic Keys Bruins’ Series-Clinching Win Against Sabres (New England Sports Network)

Krejci leads Bruins into the second round (CSN New England)

Recchi continues to lead by example, and no Bruin is surprised (CSN New England)

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Bruins’ win ousts Sabres

‘Lindy Ruff, coach of the third-seeded Sabres, didn’t have to look far for reasons his team failed to advance in its first playoff trip in three years. His power play was frustrated again on three tries Monday to go 0-for-19 in the series. Thomas Vanek had a point in all three games he played, including Monday’s brave comeback, but missed three games when chopped down with an ankle injury in Game 2. Tim Connolly was nowhere to be seen on the scoreboard and combined with fellow offensive centre Derek Roy for three points in the series.’

Bruins beat Sabres 4-3 to win series in 6 games

‘Buffalo, which missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, has not advanced since reaching the conference semifinals in 2006 and ’07.’

Boston 4, Buffalo 3

‘Vanek recorded a goal in defeat and Ryan Miller allowed four scores on 32 shots for Buffalo, which failed to net a playoff series win after missing the postseason for each of the previous two campaigns.’

First Round Knockout: Sabres Fall to Bruins 4-3

‘Miro Satan continued to haunt his former team by providing the game-winning goal in the final period.’

Rookies key as Sabres look to even series

‘“They’re playing on a heck of a stage for the first time,” he said. “Even Tyler Myers started off pretty slowly in the series but has gained confidence as this series has gone on, and I think Tyler Ennis has been the same case.”’