Revenge is a word that is thrown out there way too often in the sport of hockey. Despite its connotation, one could look at it as a negative word depending on which side you are on.
For the Boston Bruins, revenge is something that should be beneath them.
Heading into Sunday's game against the Buffalo Sabres, many were expecting the Bruins to get some retribution against a team that came into the TD Garden and beat them handily. During that same game, Sabres enforcer John Scott concussed Shawn Thornton in a spirited fight, which led to him missing 10 days. The only revenge on the minds of the B's should have been getting the two points and increasing their lead in the Northeast Division.
Boston allowed seven goals in that game against Buffalo. Since then, they have only allowed a combined one goal over the last two games. After that defensive brain cramp of a game against the Sabres, they certainly got their identity back.
The Bruins, who had their game on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning postponed, were getting some of their usual pieces back into their line-up. Thornton, Brad Marchand and Daniel Paille all made their returns in this game. Anton Khudobin got his second start of the season in goal for the B's as he opposed Ryan Miller.
The first period had its moments of fast-paced hockey to say the least. With a combined 29 total shots in the opening period between the two teams, both sides had several opportunities to put the puck in the net. Buffalo gained some momentum after Patrick Kaleta dropped the gloves with Gregory Campbell. However, the Bruins put together a big flurry towards the end of the period that had the Sabres on edge.
That momentum carried over into the second period for Boston. They shut down the Sabres for the most part and controlled much of the puck possession. The Bruins power play looked inept as ever in this period, but that is a different story altogether. Marchand broke the scoreless tie after sniping the puck past Miller, who made some key stops prior to that goal. Tyler Ennis later beat Khudobin to tie the game after a turnover by the Bruins in their own zone.
The Bruins finally broke through with a power play goal by Patrice Bergeron in the third period, breaking an 0-for-17 streak with the man advantage. With some clutch goaltending, solid defense and an empty-net goal by Milan Lucic down the stretch, the Bruins were able to escape with a 3-1 victory.
The Bruins will be back at home on Tuesday night when they take on the New York Rangers.
Gold Star: Brad Marchand...This was his best game of the season from an offensive standpoint. He now has six goals through the first nine games of the season.
Black Star: Dougie Hamilton...For the first time in his young career, he was very sloppy and careless with the puck. He had a couple of turnovers that were tough to watch.