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Sabres beat up Bruins – on the scoreboard

Feb 8, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

Not a whole lot has gone right for the Buffalo Sabres this season – particularly when it comes to the hated Boston Bruins – yet for one night, they were the aggressors.

I mean, sure, the Bruins won just about every fight, but all those knuckle sandwiches can’t erase the discomfort of a 6-0 throttling, which included a 36-save shutout for Ryan Miller.

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Buffalo looked downright dominant with their head coach Lindy Ruff watching from the press level, although it’s natural to wonder how different things would be if officials didn’t make a terrible call to disallow what would have been a 1-1 goal. Milan Lucic seemed to score but it was waved off because of a phantom goalie interference call.

(Then again, some might view it as karma biting Lucic back for his prior offenses in November.)

Tuukka Rask took the loss after being pulled early following three quick goals, but Tim Thomas wasn’t that much luckier. He allowed three of his own as even lowly Ville Leino looked explosive for the Sabres.

The bottom line is that the gulf between Buffalo and the playoffs – let alone the Bruins – is still quite large. The slumping Ottawa Senators are nine points ahead at eighth place. The Sabres are also looking up at the Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets and even the New York Islanders in the East’s playoff bubble, so their problems won’t just fade with Ottawa’s hopes.

Still, they can at least ponder a nice run after improving to an odd 5-0-4 mark in their last nine home games, or at least bask in the glory of beating up the big, bad Bruins at least once.

  1. habsman - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    So Thornton hops off the bench to fight Webber, and they call it a line change (wink, wink).

    Then Lucic cross checks Kaleta in the back of the head when he is down on the ice.

    How you going to spin these Bruin fans?

    • trbowman - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      Lucic is a little b.

    • danphipps01 - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      Well, for starters by observing that professional referees MIGHT just have a slightly more objective version of events than the one put forward by a guy who I didn’t realize was capable of making a post about the Bruins without using the words “cheap-shot” and/or “sucker-punching” until right now. Seriously, my question isn’t so much “How’re they gonna spin it?” as it is “Why on Earth should anyone believe you’re *not?*”

      • habsman - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        So, did Thornton leave the bench to fight Webber or didn’t he?

        And did Lucic cross check Kaleta in the back of the head while he was down on the ice or didn’t he?

        That easier for you?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:38 AM

        Cross-check? More like a love tap. February 14th is less than a week away you know (assuming they believe in that in Quebec). After Kaleta’s cele on the 4th goal he deserved worse anyway.

      • billsin20xx - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:21 AM

        What about the cheap shot punch Mccabe gave Kaleta while the referees had him tied up at the end of the scrum?

      • emperor83 - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        habsman, yes and yes.

    • rdurk86 - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      He made contact while skating by Kaleta, but to call it a “cross check to the head” is just ignorant.

      If you watch the video, Thornton is already on the ice when Weber decides to hit Pouliot without the puck (is that “cheap shot” by your standards?), then they drop the gloves.

      On a separate note, I love that Lucic destroys Kaleta in the fight, then Kaleta proceeds to whoop it up and try to pump up the crowd in the penalty box. Kaleta, sit down, you just got rolled over.

  2. lrg51 - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Milbury was awful on the broadcast last night. His mother must not have liked him… I admit I never really cared for his less than objective perspective on the game. But he was so biased… even to a neutral fan… I just didn’t care for it. I think Doc was hesitating on calling the game following several of Milbury’s stupid rants.

  3. emperor83 - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    A: Half that Boston squad needs to be suspended for the crap they pulled, but you know Shanahan won’t do anything BECAUSE it’s Boston.

    B: Milbury’s an idiot. He spent 3 hours making comments both biased and just plain, well, incorrect. That they haven’t fired this guy yet is just a wonder.

    C: Sorry, Failbury. No ref is going to call that a goal if they’re calling the game down the middle. At least glad you’re not an official.

  4. solador78 - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    First the Red Sox, then the Patriots… now it’s the Bruins’ turn to implode.

    “He can’t stop the puck, score goals and save the constitution all by himself!” – Tim Thomas’ mom

    • drewzducks - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      I thought that quote was from Gisele?

    • emperor83 - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      No, it’ll be the cab driver from the “Peggy” commercial, so long as he keeps his mask on…

  5. solador78 - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Eye candy for the Boston fans:

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