The Bruins came out of the gates with a desire and a passion to win last night. The second period showed that same level of commitment. That passion and commitment failed them in the third period. In the third period, the Buffalo Sabres came out to play in front of their home crowd, and the Bruins just didn’t seem interested in the game. Three unanswered goals vaulted Buffalo past the Bruins 4-2. Once again, Ryan Miller kept his team in the game long enough for the rest of them to get into the fight.
Third Star: David Krejci – Jack Edwards said it best tonight “David Krejci just manipulates time and space.” Krejci was nice enough to give the pass to Dougie Hamilton to get his first NHL goal of his career. Krejci moved with a purpose, and was one of the bright sides of the night. His -2 +/- was a disappointment, but he is still the team leader in points, and is making a solid case for being one of the real leaders of the Bruins on the ice. (From Matt) ” Krejci continued his one point per game streak tonight getting the assist on Hamilton’s goal. He comes to play every night and is the most consistent player on the Bruins so far this year and can always be counted on as he is developing into a star in this league. “
Second Star: Rich Peverley – Pevs got his second goal of the season with an assist from Hamilton. Peverley was playing kind of flat at the beginning of the season, but he has picked up his game nicely, and is proving to be more of an asset to the franchise. (From Matt) “Pevs netted his second goal of the year tonight putting the Bruins in the lead 2-1. The lead wouldn’t last but nonetheless Pevs got a goal to hopefully boost his confidence going into the rest of this five game road trip.” Peverley’s star is on the rise as his play has improved as of late.
First Star: Dougie Hamilton – Congratulations on your goal Dougie! Always going to be a great memory in your life. He had a two point game ( his second of the career.) The Bruins Kessel trade keeps reaping them benefits, and I’m sure we’ll see more of him among the three stars. He is the first Bruins D-man to score a goal at the age of 19 since Jon Girard. (11/13/99). (From Matt) “How could we not give the first start to the player who got his first NHL goal. What a great moment for Dougie Hamilton scoring his first career goal against a goalie of Ryan Miller’s level. Hamilton also added an assist on the night making it his second two point game of the season. Dougie has been quiet the past couple of games so it is good to see the young kid get a few points to get his confidence back up high. And that is where it should be.”