Posted on 24 February, 2012

Game Preview: BOS @ BUF

NHL.com – Season Series: This is the fourth of six meetings between these Northeast Division rivals. Boston took the first two during its near-flawless November, winning 6-2 at home and 4-3 in a shootout at Buffalo. The Sabres gained a substantial measure of revenge with probably their best showing of the season, a 6-0 trouncing of the defending Stanley Cup champions on Feb. 8 at the First Niagara Center. Jason Pominville — who leads Buffalo with four points in the season series — tallied two goals that night, and Ryan Miller made 36 saves. 

Tyler Seguin tops all Bruins with three goals and five points against the Sabres this season, while Brad Marchandhas two goals and two assists.

Big Story: Buffalo hopes to build on a three-game point streak as it looks to make a run at the postseason, while the Bruins aim to return to form on the heels of a noteworthy win at St. Louis. Since a three-game losing skid, the Sabres have gone 2-0-1 as they conclude a four-game homestand. With a victory against the Islanders on Tuesday, Buffalo jumped into 12th place in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of both the Isles and Montreal and six points out of a playoff spot.

B's Look to Carry Over Momentum

BostonBruins.com – When the Bruins visit the Sabres at the First Niagara Center tonight, it’d be safe to assume that the Black & Gold’s 6-0 loss suffered earlier this month to Buffalo would be brought back to mind.

But according to Head Coach Claude Julien, the B’s attention is focused on a more recent memory and towards replicating the dominant effort that was displayed in their 4-2 in over the St. Louis Blues. 

“If we want to get ourselves going in the right direction, it’s to be able to follow up with another type of effort like we had [Wednesday] and will hopefully give us a little bit of momentum and confidence and moving forward,” Julien said. “[Wednesday] was a great win – a great effort. 

Bruins Remember the Last Game in Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY — In the wake of the B’s 4-2 win in St. Louis, Head Coach Claude Julien was asked about the play of all-star defenseman Zdeno Chara.

"People have been looking at the stats and obviously he’s been on for a lot of goals," said Julien. But, you know we’ve been going through this funk as a team and I don’t think there were too many guys in that dressing room that were happy with their game."

But the win made everyone in the Bruins locker room pretty happy - especially the captain.

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Coach Julien spoke to the press about Shawn Thornton and what the B’s need to do differently since last time they were in Buffalo.^BB

Bergeron Ready to Get B's on Track

BostonBruins.com – Head Coach Claude Julien often credits the line of veteran forward Patrice Bergeron, and young stars Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin as the most consistently productive line – the backbone of the Boston Bruins offense.

But throughout the midseason slumber, even the trio of skilled forwards, which accounts for 58 of the Bruins goals this season, hit a lull.

Before the game against St. Louis, Marchand, who is tied for the team lead with 21 goals, hadn’t scored a goal in six games. Seguin hasn’t scored in the last seven contests, and Bergeron, who leads the team with 49 points (17 goals, 32 assists), only has one goal in his last five games.

Bergeron and Corvo spoke to BBTV this morning following the team’s optional skate in Buffalo.

Week Ahead

TRADE DEADLINE INFO: The NHL’s Trade Deadline is Monday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will hold a press conference on Monday, February 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Will McDonough Press Room at the TD Garden (level 3) regardless of whether or not the Bruins make any transactions. The press conference will be streamed live on BostonBruins.com.

UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will wrap up their six-game road trip with back-to-back games in Buffalo and Ottawa on Friday and Saturday. Following the road games, the B’s will head home for three straight at the TD Garden, beginning on Tuesday, February 28 against the Senators.

The two upcoming games against Ottawa will have implications on the Northeast Division standings, as the Bruins currently have a two-point lead over the Sens for the Division lead, although Ottawa has played four more games.

Thornton was back on the ice for the optional skate this AM. #Bruins vs. #Sabres tonight at 7:30PM.  (Taken with instagram)

Thornton was back on the ice for the optional skate this AM. #Bruins vs. #Sabres tonight at 7:30PM. (Taken with instagram)

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Julien: B’s Need to Ignore Distractions

BostonBruins.com – Head Coach Claude Julien doesn’t need anybody to remind him that the Buffalo Sabres hammered the Bruins 6-0 a little more than two weeks ago. 

But what he does need is his team to take the ice at the First Niagara Center with the same determination they had against the St. Louis Blues.

"I think we have to have the same mindset," Julien said. "Last game we were determined to do the things we needed to do. You got to get out of your comfort level sometimes to make those things happen, and we did and we got to carry that into tonight."