It’s Thomas Vanek’s World and we’re just Bruin’ in it.


January 31, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Bruins center Rich Peverley (49) reacts after scoring a goal during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

This is actually the Causeway Crowd “Three Star Report” However, we have to take a minute to salute the one player in the NHL that always seems to have our number. That man is Thomas Vanek. He had a five point game, with a hat trick against us last night. His third goal was a masterful piece of puck handling that justifies his reputation as a player that can give Claude Julien nightmares.

The Bruins were beaten by the Buffalo Sabres 7-4. The defense fell apart last night, and the Sabres capitalized on mistakes that were made. It’s better that this happened in the the middle of the second week as opposed to mid season. I think the Bruins will learn from this and be sure not to take Buffalo for granted in their remaining match ups this season.

January 31st, 2013  Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres (Boston @ Home)

Final Score: Buffalo Sabres 7,  Boston Bruins 4

Three Stars of the Game:  3rd – Ryan Miller , 2nd – Brad Marchand , 1st – Thomas Vanek

Causeway Crowd Three Stars of the Game:

Third Star: David Krejci (From Matt) “David Krejci – Krejci scored nearly two minutes into the third period to give the Bruins the lead, bringing his season points total to seven.  David stayed hot tonight as he continues to put up impressive numbers. Seven points through seven games is a great start to the season and the Bruins couldn’t be happier with how he is playing.” I agree with Matt. #46 is the hottest player we have that seems to be under the radar. The press is usually all over Tuukka Rask, or Milan Lucic, and the ladies can’t get enough of Tyler Seguin. Krejci however, has just been everywhere for the Bruins. That fourth goal was a textbook example of how to make a defensive turnover into a goal, and I’m glad he’s on our side.

Second Star: Rich Peverley (From Matt) “Peverley scored his first goal of the season tonight in the second period to tie the game.  Scoring the goal seemed to set off a little fire in his game.  Pevs had a great game tonight by tying the game, and after that bringing more energy and creating more chances.  Hopefully Peverley’s goal tonight can boost his confidence and hopefully score more goals in the games to come. I think Coach Julien was on to something when he swapped out Chris Bourque for Daniel Paille. Maybe it’s Paille’s expierence with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, or maybe it was something different that just really clicked for that third line.  The addition to Paille seemed to spark a little something extra, and I think it’s why Peverley performed the way he did.

First Star: Brad Marchand (From Matt) “Did Marchand have himself a game tonight.  Brad scored two goals tonight, one to take the lead 2-1 and then another one right after that to make it 3-1.  His first goal was a thing of beauty in my eyes as he danced by a few defenders and scored on the backhand.” Marchand now has five goals which makes him our leading scorer. He’s tied for second with overall points, and he has really been making up for the lack of production we were hoping for in Tyler Seguin. Don’t get me wrong, Seguin is getting there, but Marchand’s already at the party. (He’s also probably shirtless.)

The Bruins will be gassing up and flying over to Toronto where they take on the Maple Leafs tomorrow. Paille’s out for a game or two due to the hi-sticking slash by Ennis Tyler. Shawn Thornton is out for a week and half due to the fight he had with Buffalo’s resident Neanderthal in skates, Tony Scott.  Boston recalled Jamie Tardif from Providence, and it looks like Bourque and Lane MacDermid will be seeing a few more games with the big B on their chest. Now, let’s hope they can shake this one off and prune a few leaves over in Canada.