It wasn't the best way to win a hockey game but the Buffalo Sabres found a way to beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 in Boston. It was another road victory for Buffalo before they finally get a chance to come home and play some games. The Sabres have been the road warriors of the NHL having played the more road games than any other team, and ironically enough having played less games than everyone else.
The Sabres scored early in the game when Daniel Paille scored just three and half minutes in. The goal was assisted by Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville. The Bruins would tie the game near the half way point of the period. Thomas Vanek scored the only goal of the second period on an extremely pretty pass play that left Thomas Vanek all alone in front. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was so stunned by it he decided to complain to the referee about something (I can only guess that he was complaining that the play wasn't fair because the passing was too good).
The Sabres got the insurance marker on a controversial goal. Jochen Hecht fired a pass in front but it was behind Daniel Paille, Paille appeared to kick the puck into the net but the replay officials called it a goal. Toni Lydman added a power play goal in the final minutes and the Bruins scored a meaningless goal with .2 seconds left. Daniel Paille led the Sabres with his two goals and Jason Pominville and Jochen Hecht had two assists each. Ryan Miller made 30 saves in the victory. The game was an important one for Buffalo who are chasing the Bruins for the last playoff spot.
The Sabres will be right back in action on Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils. It will be the final meeting between the Sabres and Devils and all three previous meetings ended with the Devils winning in a shootout. I expect more of the same on Wednesday.