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Only one goal was scored during the Boston Bruins' latest victory, a far cry from the offensive display they've put up during most of a nine-game winning streak that included a 6-2 rout of the Buffalo Sabres.
That result isn't the only reason the Sabres could be eager for payback Wednesday night.
Boston's Milan Lucic leveled Ryan Miller with a hit that's kept the Buffalo goaltender off the ice ever since, providing an intriguing subplot in what could be a testy rematch at First Niagara Center as the Bruins try to push their win streak to double digits.
Boston (12-7-0) scored one goal or fewer in four losses during its 3-7-0 October before putting up at least five goals in six of its eight straight wins to begin this month.
The Bruins' offensive outburst took a night off Monday in Montreal, but they still managed to extend their streak. Two days after making 23 saves in a 6-0 win over the New York Islanders, Tim Thomas stopped all 33 shots he faced - including 15 in the third period - to make Andrew Ference's first-period goal stand in a 1-0 victory.
"You've got to learn to win a whole bunch of different ways over the years and that's one of the things we did last year,'' said Thomas, who's started six times during the streak and posted a 1.33 goals-against average and three shutouts.
The Stanley Cup champions have outscored their opponents 46-14 during a streak that's the franchise's longest since a 10-game run from Dec. 12, 2008 to Jan. 1, 2009.
Six of those came when the Sabres (12-8-0) visited TD Garden on Nov. 12 - all in a stretch of 22:12 in the second and third periods - but the big story came in the first. Miller skated out to the right circle to play a loose puck and was bowled over by Lucic, drawing a two-minute charging minor.
Miller stayed in until the end of the second before exiting with tightness in his neck. A day later, he was diagnosed with whiplash and a concussion.
Lucic - who Miller called "gutless" - wasn't suspended by league discipline czar Brendan Shanahan, a decision Miller said he wouldn't speak out against despite not being pleased.
Shanahan's lack of action left many to wonder what sort of retribution Buffalo might provide Wednesday, though Miller doesn't seem to agree that payback is the right course.
"Lucic's a tough guy. What are you going to do, try to hack him, spear him, cheap-shot him? Then you're no better than he is,'' Miller said Nov. 15. "I try to have their backs. I trust they have mine, so that's the end of that one.''
The Sabres had won four straight prior to visiting Boston, but they're 2-2-0 since as backup Jhonas Enroth - who has a 6.12 GAA in three games versus the Bruins - has posted a 2.56 GAA.
Buffalo outshot Phoenix 45-29 on Saturday but lost 4-2.
"We missed too many opportunities,'' coach Lindy Ruff said. "Point blank. We missed empty nets. We hit a few posts. It isn't good enough."
To make matters worse, the Sabres lost Tyler Myers to a broken wrist, an injury that will keep one of their top defensemen out four to six weeks.
T.J. Brennan was recalled from AHL Rochester to take the place of Myers, who joins Miller, defenseman Mike Weber and forwards Jochen Hecht, Tyler Ennis and Cody McCormick on the injured list.
Thomas Vanek has a four-game goal streak against Boston that started with a 7-6 shootout victory Jan. 1 - the Bruins' last visit to Buffalo.
Boston center Tyler Seguin, who had two goals earlier this month against Buffalo to give him a team-high 11, hasn't scored in four games.
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BUFFALO -- Bruin Milan Lucic infuriated the Buffalo Sabres with his thunderous open-ice hit that injured star goalie Ryan Miller last week in Boston. The Sabres managed a very tepid response to the play and were widely criticized for not making Lucic answer for the hit. Thus, there is an ...
For the Buffalo Sabres, the best revenge (if you want to call it that) for the now infamous hit on Ryan Miller wouldn't be a fight with Boston's Milan Lucic, the main culprit in the incident that went unanswered by the Sabres, but rather a proverbial punch to the mean mugs of the B's on the scoreboard. And for a little over 20 minutes, it appeared that Buffalo was going...
When Milan Lucic and the Bruins finally dropped the gloves with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night, it was a long time coming. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette was pretty fired up from the early shenanigans, but wanted to see how other fans felt. So he asked our Twitter followers what they took away from the early fights. Check out the video above for their reactions. Join NESN...
Buffalo, NY – It was Saturday, November 12 when the hit heard round the NHL took place. Bruins forward Milan Lucic barreled into Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller as he was charging to play the puck in the slot. The response, or lack there of, is the real reason the hit has stood out more than it should have.
The Sabres made no effort to go after Lucic after he took out their number...
8 a.m. ET: The Bruins close out their three-game road trip with first place in the Northeast Division on the line in a clash with the Sabres. But that might not be the biggest storyline in Buffalo on Wednesday. This game also marks the first meeting between the clubs since Milan Lucic crashed into Sabres goalie Ryan Miller in Boston's 6-2 win at the Garden on Nov. 12. The Sabres...
Two weekends ago, Bruins forward Milan Lucic was on a breakaway when the puck got away from him and he collided with Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who had left the crease. Miller ended up with a concussion and called Lucic a piece of s*** after the game. The NHL did not suspend nor fine Lucic, [...]
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News, The Sabres can say it’s just a hockey game all they want. Tonight’s meeting with Boston is more than that, and everyone involved knows it.
“A lot of people are talking about it,” Bruins forward and Buffalo villain Milan Lucic said Tuesday. “There’s a lot at stake with getting that first place in the division. Even the fans here in...
BUFFALO -- It took only 1:23 after the opening faceoff for the Sabres' much-anticipated fight with Bruin Milan Lucic to occur. The task fell to 6-foot-5 Sabres center Paul Gaustad, who lined up next to Lucic on the second shift of the game. The pair dropped the gloves at the ...
If this was a Buffalo blog we would complain about all the cheap shots. If this was a Buffalo blog we'd complain about everyone running Tim Thomas. If this was a Buffalo blog we'd be busy making excuses yet again because our team sucks more than a two dollar hooker on half off Tuesday and is softer than a 90 year old man's penis.Awesome pic courtesty of Eric (@BosBruinsFan...
Milan Lucic and the Bruins will have their likely have their heads on a swivel on Wednesday night when they head into Buffalo for a matchup between the top two teams in the Northeast Division. Lucic will certainly be at the very least an unpopular man when he takes the ice against the Sabres, as it will mark the first time since Lucic ran over Sabres goalie Ryan Miller on Nov. 12...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Milan Lucic answered the call, and the Boston Bruins picked up yet another win.
Buffalo, NY – The fans, and the media for that matter, are getting their money’s worth so far tonight.
It started just 1:23 in when Paul Gaustad and the hated Milan Lucic dropped the gloves. Although Lucic clearly got the better of the Sabre center, but it set the tone early that Buffalo wasn’t going to back down from the Bruins.
The fisticuffs continued halfway through the...
Nothing like a revenge brawl to start the Thanksgiving week!
BUFFALO - Rugged Bruins winger Milan Lucic figures he has a fight waiting for him here tonight, the residue of his infamous entanglement 11 days ago with Ryan Miller that left the Buffalo goalie hurting, coach Lindy Ruff fuming, and Sabres teammates apologizing for standing idly by in the aftermath of Lucic’s shot heard ’round the world.