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Buffalo vs. Boston

Game Date Matchup/Result Breakdown
1 Thursday, April 15, 7pm et Bruins 1 at Sabres 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Saturday, April 17, 1pm et Bruins 5 at Sabres 3 Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Monday, April 19, 7pm et Sabres 1 at Bruins 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Wednesday, April 21, 7pm et Sabres 2 at Bruins 3 (2 OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Friday, April 23, 7pm et Bruins 1 at Sabres 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
6 Monday, April 26, 7pm et Sabres 3 at Bruins 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
Bruins win series 4-2


BUFFALO SABRES

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Regular Season Record: 45-27-10, 100 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-4
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1999
Last Postseason Appearance: 2007
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: None

A reason to cheer for the Sabres: There are few cities in all of North America as cursed as Buffalo in terms of professional sports. Instead of being remembered as one of the top NFL teams of the ‘90s, the Bills are instead remembered as the team that lost four straight Super Bowls. Similarly, the memories of Sabres’ fans remain haunted by Brett Hull’s foot in the crease goal to clinch the Stanley Cup in 1999. A title would mean an awful lot to a city that loves their Sabres. As well, after losing out at the Olympics, goaltender Ryan Miller deserves to be rewarded for his stellar play this season.

What They Bring To The Table: In a word: goaltending. There is no better netminder on the planet right now then Ryan Miller. He has been absolutely spectacular this season for both Buffalo and for USA Hockey at the Olympics and may be rewarded with his first ever Vezina Trophy. Teams have the ability to ride a hot goaltender all the way to glory in the playoffs, and if Miller is on his game, the Sabres will be extremely hard to beat. In addition Buffalo brings a balanced attack with all four lines chipping in offensively. A largely unheralded defensive unit received huge contributions this season for towering rookie Tyler Myers, who is the likely front runner for the Calder Trophy. They are among the league leaders in penalty killing and are coming in on a high after capturing the sixth division title in franchise history. In a wide open Eastern Conference, they are as good a bet to emerge as anyone.


BOSTON BRUINS

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Regular Season Record: 39-30-13, 91 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 4-2
Last Stanley Cup Win: 1972
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1990
Last Postseason Appearance: 2009
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Mark Recchi (2), Shawn Thornton, Miroslav Satan

A reason to cheer for the Bruins: What a difference a year makes. The Bruins followed up one of the best seasons in franchise history with an absolute roller coaster of a campaign that saw the team jettison their leading goal scorer, lose their top player to an injury and replace the reigning Vezina Trophy winner with an unproven rookie in net. It is a credit to head coach Claude Julien and his staff that the team is where they are. The Bruins have been playing their best hockey down the stretch and took control of their own playoff destiny when all the teams around them seemed to be doing their best to submarine their own chances. Their presence in the playoff will be a particularly bitter pill for fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs to swallow considering the Bruins have a great shot at the first overall pick in the upcoming draft thanks to the Phil Kessel deal.

What They Bring To The Table: It is quite difficult to fathom what the Bruins are even doing in the playoff picture. Phil Kessel was sent packing when he could not agree to the terms of a new contract. After taking the league by storm last season, goaltender Tim Thomas came back to earth and lost his starting role to Tuukka Rask. Marc Savard and Milan Lucic both missed significant time due to injuries while blueliners Zdeno Chara and Dennis Wideman have slumped virtually all season long. Compounding the problem is the fact that the Bruins can’t score goals. Their 206 goals scored is the lowest of not only any team in the playoffs, but is second-lowest in the league (Flames scored 204) and their once potent power play has been anemic. The Bruins saving grace has been their penalty killers and their success in the shootout. While their strength a man-down is very helpful, there are no shootouts in the playoffs to fall back on. It could be a very early exit for the “B’s” this spring.


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