It’s a team effort as Sabres trounce Bruins, 4-1
No Jack Eichel or Evander Kane?
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 %