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Video: Boychuk delivers big hit and big goal

Mar 9, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

It’s safe to say that Boston’s Johnny Boychuk was a difference maker in Boston’s 3-1 victory over Buffalo on Thursday. With the game tied at 1-1 midway through the third period, Boychuk leveled Thomas Vanek as the Sabres’ forward was trying to get out of his own zone.

Vanek suffered an upper body injury on the play. The severity is not yet known. If there’s a silver lining it’s that, as Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said, “It’s not head, just upper body.”

That was just the start for Boychuk. About two minutes later, Boychuk scooped up the loose puck in the Sabres’ zone and scored the game-winning goal on a rocket shot.

David Krejci scored at 15:54 of the third period to give the Bruins some extra breathing room.

  1. rabidbillsfan - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    To bad Boston wasn’t the most physical team on the ice last night. Myers was blowing guys up the whole game, and even your “Goons” were getting stoned when trying to throw the body around. Boston won, but it was a game of bounces, not skill. Maybe somebody will agree with me this year when I say that if the Sabres make the playoffs, we should be hoping for Boston or NYR, unlike last year when everybody was praising the lord when we drew Philly. Sure, Buffalo isn’t as physical as Boston, but they take the hits and keep going, they don’t back down. A physical style wears your team out alot faster then a finnese style. Buffalo can’t score with the Pens or the Flyers, but they can outscore the Bruins, and take their lumps in the process, same against the Rangers. I was encouraged by what I saw last night, and I’m sure Lindy will clean up some of that slop we saw that lead to cheap goals, and we’ll be right back on track.

    • mehetmet - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Sure Lindy will clean it up? what has he done all year? why would it change now?

      the story of the game wasn’t lucky bounces, it was bad turnovers. Sabres made huge mistakes and Boston capitalized. Thats not bad luck for Buffalo, or skill on Boston, thats bad play.

      Its bad luck if it happens once in a while, if it happens regularly like it has all season, its just bad play.

    • BHN Dan - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Uhh…Tyler Myers didn’t do much “blowing up” last night, aside from blowing Marchand’s head into the dasher (which was pretty much Marchand’s fault for trying to avoid the hit).

      And the Sabres were outhit, 30-23. And to say Buffalo doesn’t back down is pretty laughable, considering it took the team a couple of weeks to stand up to Lucic.

      If your Sabres get in, anything can happen, because you’ve got a good goalie.

    • odj810 - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      did you watch the game? your happy with there play? i’m confused. I thought thats the worst the sabres have looked in a few weeks. they were more physical than boston yes, but they did not play a good overall game. The sabres can’t have moral victories right now.

    • stratomaticfan - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Lindy isn’t cleaning up anything. The only game you guys beat Boston was the one when he was in the press box not screwing it up.

    • supercoop8 - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      Enroth bailed the sabres out of a blow out last night. Game of bounces is the most laughable comment I have read all day.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Hahahahahaha….The Bruins just won a Cup with that physical style.

      Also, the Bruins spent most of the game in the Sabres’ end. That speaks to skill, not “bounces”.

    • pete387 - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Myers was a non factor until the Marchand hit. Vanek was the one who got blown up. Buffalo doesn’t back down? You might wanna ask Ryan Miller about that.

    • scotch679 - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      Hey rabid, lay off the pipe dude !

    • donfocker89 - Mar 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Really? Did you watch the game? Turnovers have been killing us lately. Its their own fault, not bounces. The Sabres have been two faced when it comes to playing the Bruins. Game1-Miller gets hit, we do nothing, Bs win. Game 2-A few fights but nothing happens cuz papa Shanahan had his eye on the game. Bs win in shootout. Game 3 sabres get very physical a lot of fights and a blowout victory over the bruins. Game 4- nothing happens, sabres win in shootout, Game 5 last night was kind of like game 4 but more big hits. You cant win hockey games when your skating backwards all the time. And I like how everyone who has commented on your post each has ONE thumbs down. I wonder who could be hating on those comments? Thumbs up to everyone else.

  2. dolanster - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    The name “rabidbillsfan” sorta says it all. You must hate life.

  3. pepper2011 - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    well- if you look at the stats- the Bruins had 30 hits and the Sabres 23. so um…. and Myers had 3 hits – which was 3rd on the Sabres (tied) and tied for 6th in hits (both teams) with 6 others guys (3 hits) but yeah don’t let facts get in your way. He did lay a decent hit on someone an entire foot shorter than him (marchand) but he came back next shift- where’d Vanek go?

    FYI – Myers is terrible – notice he is your only d-man who didn’t block a shot. Coincidentally he was dead LAST in even strength Ice time. I guess Ruff agrees.

    • homelanddefense - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      lets also point out that he claimed they can score with Boston who has about 60 more goals on the season than Buffalo. And more than Pitts, and 1 less than Philly whom with Buffalo cannot score, according to him

  4. rabidbillsfan - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    To say Enroth bailed out the Sabres is pretty laughable if you ask me, considering the same could be said for Thomas. That Campbell goal wasn’t a turnover, that was a puck that “bounced” off a skate right to a stick. Also, I am happy with the way they played, the defense wasn’t as tight as usual, but at least all 12 forwards showed up. Was it a game we needed? Yes. Were we expected to win? Probably not. So why not come out of it with some good news that we have 4 lines that are now firing on all cylindars and beat the teams were supposed to beat! As a fan, the game sucked, however for the overall “health” of the team, I think it was a step forward. 4 points back with teams with schedules from Hell ahead of us isn’t all that bad right now. Buffalo will be in 8th place this time next week, and will be shooting for Ottawa in 7th.

    • mehetmet - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      I don’t think after a one goal performance you can say that your offense was flying on all cylinders. and since when is kicking a puck to the opposing team not a turnover? its may not be your classic “takeaway” but it was a “giveaway” which is still a turnover.

      I didn’t see vanek anywhere till he was laying on the ice either…

      • drewsylvania - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        A puck that, having left the Sabre’s stick, bounces off a skate to an opposing player…that’s a turnover.

    • odj810 - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      I get it your from buffalo, moral victories are needed for you guys. I really thought you guys were gonna have a good hockey club, I also thought the bills had a shot at the playoffs with there hot start. I was wrong, some things just don’t change. you had 20 shots on goal last night. That is not a good game. I will say I think they have a ton of talent but just don’t see it this year.

      • donfocker89 - Mar 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        Please dont let this guy speak for Buffalo. Moral victories can suck a big one.

  5. itsallniceonice - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Gotta love the 3 Sabres deciding not to sacrifice the body and block a shot.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I would like nothing more than to see Buffalo make the playoffs and end up facing the Bruins in the first round. It would be a nice way for the Bruins to build some confidence, experiment with the lines and get some rest before the next round.

    • donfocker89 - Mar 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Of course you would, they have 3 players that were on the Canucks last year.

  7. mgp1219 - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Chara had more hits on one shift than Myers did the entire game.
    Just sayin’…

    • drewsylvania - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Myers is all size and little skill. He’s Hal Gill–good at covering an area but nothing else. He gets knocked around far too much for somebody who’s 6′ 8″, and he’s not good at hitting.

      • odj810 - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        chara wasn’t the best skilled player early in his career either, just saying. He could still turn his career around he just needs to put in alot of hardwork and change his entire approach to the game.(be angry and mean)

      • donfocker89 - Mar 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        Do you mean “little skill” as in defensively? He does provide offensive threat (when hes consistent..which is never). But if you compare Myers at year 3 and Chara at year 3, I think Myers is light years ahead of him. Im not comparing the two now Im actually agreeing with you for once.

      • odj810 - Mar 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

        when i speak of the two i mean all around players, I don’t buy the offensive defense-man. If you can’t protect your own end what could are you? But yea certainly I think meyers ceiling is higher than charas ever was. And i don’t disagree with you meyers very well be better then chara was at that age(didn’t folloow him much then. when meyrs plays confident he can move the puck has a rocker(not chara). He needs huge improvements in his defensive game. which you know should be his main focus.

  8. drewsylvania - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Boychuk also planted Nathan Gerbe when Gerbe tried to deke him. Huge game.

  9. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Before all you Bruin fans start firing off inane comments, the Sabres aren’t going anywhere this year whether they make the playoffs or not. Vanek shoiuld have had his head up. That said, Boychuk left his feet and hit him flush with both arms. That’s the NHL today. Nobody knows how to bodycheck anymore. As far as being tough, the Bruins of the 70’s would knock this years team into next week. Johnny Boychuk ain’t no Johnny Bucyk. Don Awrey, Wayne Cashman. Those guys were tough.

    • mehetmet - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      its a good thing they dont have to play the Bruins from the 70’s. Who cares if that team was tougher, you don’t have to beat a team from 40 years ago, you have to beat the teams now.

  10. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    You missed my whole wicked comment. Must be a Southie!

  11. donfocker89 - Mar 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    This is the 2nd time in Vaneks career that Boychuk knocked him out of the game and injured him for more. Should I say it?…………..Bounties! *cough cough*

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