October 24, 2013

Bruins stay perfect on the road, thump Sabres

Boston has won its first four road games.

The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Milan Lucic had two goals and an assist, and Torey Krug also scored twice to help the Boston Bruins beat the reeling Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Wednesday night.

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Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson deflects the puck wide of the goal in Wednesday’s game against the Sabres at Buffalo, N.Y. The Bruins won, 5-2.

The Associated Press

THURSDAY’S BRUINS GAME

WHO: San Jose Sharks at Boston Bruins

WHEN: 7 p.m.TELEVISION: NESN

Dougie Hamilton also scored for Boston. The Bruins are 6-2 and have won their first four road games for the first time since 2010.

Nikita Zadorov and Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo. At 1-9-1, the Sabres are off to their worst start in franchise history. They are winless in their first seven home games.

By the time Krug netted the second of his two third-period goals, the fans launched into what have become regular “Fire Darcy! Fire Darcy!” chants in reference to Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier.

Chad Johnson made 14 saves for Boston, and Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots for Buffalo.

Boston left wing Loui Eriksson had to be helped from the ice after a late hit from Sabres enforcer John Scott in the third period. Scott then fought Adam McQuaid and was given a match penalty.

Boston opened the scoring when Jarome Iginla’s wrist shot deflected off Lucic and through Miller’s legs.

The Bruins doubled their lead 40 seconds into the second period on Lucic’s team-leading fifth goal. Iginla fired a pass from the right boards to Lucic and he tapped the puck in before crashing into the boards behind Miller.

Buffalo’s first goal came from its struggling power play, which improved to 4 for 38 on the season when Thomas Vanek passed across the front of the net, where it hit Cody Hodgson’s right skate and angled past Johnson.

It came 8:21 into the second period and was Buffalo’s 10th shot of the night. The Sabres only managed two shots in the third period and were outshot 34-16 overall.

Zadorov’s first NHL goal, in just his second NHL game, brought the Sabres within one with 4:50 to play in the second period. Zadorov moved on his backhand around a Bruins center before beating Johnson to the left side.

Zadorov is the second-youngest player to score a goal for the Sabres, at 18 years, 190 days. Pierre Turgeon was 18 years, 54 days when he scored for Buffalo in 1987.

The Sabres killed off a five-on-three power play five minutes into the second period with Henrik Tallinder (high-sticking) and Kevin Porter (boarding) in the box.

SENATORS 6, RED WINGS 1: Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan scored two goals apiece as Ottawa won at Detroit.

Eric Gryba and Jared Cowen also scored for the Senators, who had three goals on eight shots against former UMaine goalie Jimmy Howard before he was taken out in the first period.

Craig Anderson made 31 saves for Ottawa.

Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings.

NOTES

STARS: Forward Ryan Garbutt was suspended for five games without pay by the NHL for charging Anaheim Ducks forward Dustin Penner.

No penalty was called on the play in the Stars’ 6-3 road loss to the Ducks on Sunday. The suspension will cost Garbutt $14,744.

FLAMES: Sean Monahan will remain with Calgary instead of being returned to his junior club.

A junior-eligible player is allowed to play up to nine games in the NHL without costing the team a year of his entry-level contract.

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