It was bound to end eventually. The Boston Bruins have been one of the hottest teams since the NHL Trade Deadline. The acquisitions of Mike Reilly, Taylor Hall, and Curtis Lazar are working wonders for this team. They have balanced this team to a point where secondary scoring isn’t an issue anymore. Tonight, the scoring seemed to be on all cylinders for both teams. It is certainly not a good night to be a goaltender in this game. The Sabres are already out of the playoff race. It doesn’t mean they can’t screw other team’s chances at playoff implications.
The Sabres come into this game on a ten-game losing streak to Boston dating back to last season. This includes losing all five meetings so far this season. This also includes the two games against Boston in the three days prior to this game. Nothing has gone right for the Sabres while playing the Bruins at all this season. That changed tonight as Ukka-Pekka Luukkonen gets his first start in the NHL. It is an added plus to get a win in your first career start. Add some extra sweetness to that win when you end a team’s six-game winning streak. Buffalo takes this game against the Bruins 6-4.
Can we mail in our hats??
— MereBSBuffalo (@MereBSBuffalo) April 24, 2021
Insane Third Period
When you look at the score, it is hard to believe what the score was heading into the third period. Before the period started, Buffalo had a 3-1 lead. An early goal from them brought the lead up to 4-1. A gifted power-play goal, thanks to Charlie Coyle and Jaroslav Halak, gave the Sabres a 5-1 lead. The game seems like it is over for the Bruins, right? Not quite yet.
The greatest story of the season for the Bruins has been the play of Nick Ritchie. No one expected this kind of offensive outburst from him this season. Last night, he scored his eleventh of the season. He now gets the Bruins on the offensive train to make it 5-2. Kevan Miller all of a sudden rises from his hospital bed and scores his first of the season to make it 5-3. Taylor Hall finally gets his revenge against the Sabres to make it 5-4 with just under three minutes to go. What is happening here?
The Bruins take a chance with the goalie pulled to try and make history and complete the comeback. A careless David Pastrnak turnover results and a Sam Reinhart dagger into the empty net to seal the game 6-4. This goal was Reinhart’s 20th of the season and it completes the hat-trick for Reinhart. I speak for everyone when I say this was a complete waste of time for anyone who wanted a comeback.
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