Not exactly a spirited performance, but it had its moments.
Archives for February 6, 2002
The shot hit Bruins center Joe Thornton in the slot and was headed wide of the net – until it struck the blade of Murphy\\\’s skate and slid into Bostons net at 4:30.
'The Sabres picked up where they left off before the weekend All-Star break and extended their unbeaten streak to four games, tying their longest of the season.'
'But the Sabres hope subtle changes do occur in Smehlik's game, particularly when it comes to decision making.'
'At 2:45, forward P.J. Stock tried to jumpstart the Bruins when he took on Sabres enforcer Rob Ray. The pair exchanged punches, and Stock clearly got the worst of it. His wave to the crowd, normally a bit of an event in itself, was done with a painful look on his face.'
'The Sabres' second goal, by Rhett Warrener, also involved a fortunate bounce – it deflected of Murphy's skate at the left side of the net at 4:30 of the third period, knotting the game for good. ''The puck hit someone else before it hit [Murphy], that's totally unfortunate,'' said Dafoe. ''There's really nothing that you can do about that.''
'The Bruins had ample chances in overtime as well, but couldn't slip one past Sabres goalie Martin Biron. The B's outshot Buffalo 6-2 in overtime.'
'At 4:30 of the third period and his team nursing a 2-1 lead, the B's defenseman found himself in the right place, but at the wrong time, as a deflected puck went off his skate and into his own net. That play forced the Bruins to settle for a 2-2 tie with the Buffalo Sabres at the FleetCenter.'
'Bruins fan favorite P.J. Stock ran into a few hard rights in a fight with Buffalo's Rob Ray 2:45 into the game and was done for the night. Stock will undergo tests today to see whether he has any broken bones in his cheek area.'
'The Sabres wasted no time in scoring their first goal, just 24 seconds into the game, when Curtis Brown notched his 13th of the season. Dafoe made the initial save, but Brown was able to put home the rebound.'