Boston came back from a first period two-goal deficit to register its first win of the playoffs and tie its quarterfinal series against the Sabres at one game apiece with a 5-3 win at HSBC Arena in a matinee match in Buffalo. Tuukka Rask registered his first career playoff win with 26 saves while Ryan Miller took the loss by allowing four goals on 30 Bruins shots. 


Michael Ryder and Zdeno Chara each netted two goals for Boston, while Jason Pominville, Tyler Myers and Matt Ellis tallied for the Sabres. Mark Recchi scored an empty net goal for the final margin.

Bruins vice president Cam Neely made an appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon and discussed the Bruins' performance in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Sabres. Neely said the Bruins want to get more traffic in front of Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, but it isn't due to a lack of effort by his team. "I don't think that the last 10 or so games there's been an issue with effort or desire," Neely said.


Ultimately, Game 1 between the Bruins and Sabres stuck to the script.



Buffalo endured a Bruins storm in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to take the series lead after a 2-1 win at HSBC Arena in Buffalo on Thursday. Tuukka Rask made his first career playoff start and allowed two goals on 32 shots in the loss. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller stood tall against heavy Bruins pressure, making 38 saves in the win.


Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said on a conference call after the NHL Draft Drawing on Tuesday night that the Boston will draft either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, the top two ranked forwards in the NHL Entry Draft with the No. 2 overall pick in June. Chiarelli said that there is no probability that the team will trade the pick and would be very happy to take whichever player the Edmonton Oilers do not take with the first overall pick. Chiarelli said that it will be a matter of putting each player through workouts in the combine and bringing them in for interviews.

The Bruins landed the second pick in this year's NHL Draft at Tuesday's draft lottery. Boston, which acquired the pick from Toronto in a trade that sent Phil Kessel to the Leafs, will pick behind Edmonton, which landed the top overall selection. (The Bruins had a 60.8 percent chance of retaining their top-two selection.) The draft will take place on June 25 in Los Angeles. For more Bruins news, check out the Big, Bad Blog.

The Bruins announced on Tuesday that they have recalled four players from Providence to serve as Black Aces, minor league players who will be eligible to train during the NHL playoffs in fill in roster spots if needed. Forwards Drew Larman, Maxim Sauve, and Mikko Lehtonen along with goaltender Dany Sabourin will join forward Zach Hamill to train in Providence as Boston opens up the Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday. All five will be available to participate in Bruins practices and be available for roster spots through the postseason.


WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, who has missed most of Boston's last 20 games with a groin injury, may be a strong possibility to play in Game 1 of the Bruins' first-round playoff series against the Sabres. Ference and coach Claude Julien said that he could be close and that it is a matter of getting clearance from the trainers. Ference will need offseason surgery a week to a month after the playoffs end, depending on the level of swelling in the area.


On the cusp of the playoffs, it’s prudent to take a step back and assess how well the Bruins performed in various areas so as to understand what they might do going forward.



Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a conference call with the media on Monday morning and discussed a variety of issues concerning the team and the first-round matchup of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Sabres. Chiarelli said that he admires the Buffalo organization and sees some distinct similarities in how each of the franchises were built.