The Sabres got off to a slower start tonight against the Bruins. Tage Thompson created the scoring chances early for the hosts, picking up where he left off last night. He had a nice neutral zone poke check to create a breakaway for himself, but hit the post.
A few minutes later he poked checked the defender at his own blue line and created another odd man rush that didn’t convert.
The Bruins got on the board first a little over half through the period. Trent Frederic cleaned up a loose puck to give his club the lead. Near the end of the opening frame, fan favorite Vasily Glotov got the Sabres even. He made a nice move to beat Bruins goaltender Dan Vladar. Unfortunately, Boston took the lead back with under a minute remaining as Karson Kuhlman followed up on the play to make it 2-1 after one period.
Neither team was able to put the puck by the opposing goaltender in the middle period. The Sabres had a better period with some good scoring chances from Tage Thompson, Rasmus Dahlin and Casey Mittelstadt.
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made a nice few saves to keep his club within a goal. Including a nice save at the end of the period when Mittelstadt was pick-pocketed in front of his own net.
The Sabres had their share of chances in the third period, but the Bruins defense stood it’s ground. They managed to frustrate the Sabres offense and Vladar was there to make the saves when needed.
Sabres will wrap up the Prospects Challenge on Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Final: Bruins 3 - Sabres 1
Shots on Goal: Sabres 39 | Bruins 32
Sabres Goals: Vasily Glotov (1)
Bruins Goals: Frederic (1) and Kuhlman (2)
Stars of the Game
1. Dan Vladar (38 saves on 39 shots)
2. Karson Kuhlman (2 G)
3. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen ( 29 saves on 31 shots)