It’s a team effort as Sabres trounce Bruins, 4-1

February 25, 2018

No Jack Eichel or Evander Kane?

No problem.

Without their franchise center who is out with an injury, and their most potent winger who will no longer be a member of the team tomorrow night, the Sabres tallied a 4-1 win over Boston Sunday.

Evan Rodrigues netted a goal and an assist, Victor Antipin had two assists and eight other Sabres made it to the scoresheet.

Buffalo’s top line of Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhart and Zemgus Girgensons had a terrific outing matched up mostly against the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line with Chara and McAvoy. While the Sabres as a team could only muster 36% possession, the players on that trio were around or over 60%.

Kyle Okposo also had a solid game, scoring a goal and looking a bit faster than usual. Rasmus Ristolainen (assist, five shots on goal, two blocked shots, four hits) did a great job defensively and was an irritant for the Bruins all day.

Some other stats from the game:

Even-strength scoring chances: Boston 21, Buffalo 12

Even-strength high danger scoring chances: Boston 12, Buffalo 6

Even-strength shot attempts: Boston 60, Buffalo 33

Power plays: Boston 0-4, Buffalo 1-5

Individual shot attempts leaders: Buffalo – Scandella 7, Rodrigues 6, Okposo 5, Ristolainen 5; Boston – Pastrnak 10, Nash 9, Kuraly 7

Buffalo’s ice time leaders: defensemen- Ristolainen 28:07, Scandella 23:39, Nelson 19:37; forwards- O’Reilly 23:33, Reinhart 18:31, Girgensons 17:45

Buffalo’s 5-on-5 corsi leaders % (offensive zone start %): O’Reilly 65.00 (28.57), Reinhart 61.90 (44.44), Girgensons 57.89 (44.44)

Buffalo’s worst 5-on-5 corsi % (offensive zone start %): Beaulieu 16.13 (40.00), Larsson 16.13 (9.09), Pominville 17.86 (0.00)

Goaltending: Johnson 35 shots faced, 34 saves, .971 save %

Dave Davis
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