The Sabres kept their quest for Lord Stanley's Cup alive in Game 5 against the Bruins at HSBC Arena in Buffalo with a commanding 4-1 victory on Friday night. Ryan Miller took his second win of the series with 34 saves while Tuukka Rask took his second career NHL playoff loss by allowing three goals on 33 shots.

 

Where does Tuukka Rask’s big time dive save in Game 4 against the Sabres on Wednesday rank among the pantheon of great plays in Boston playoff history?



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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday afternoon and talked about his heroics in Game 4 of the B's first-round series vs. the Sabres. Rask made a diving save on Mike Grier midway through the third period to keep the game tied at 2, stretching across the crease to stop Grier's one-timer. "I just gave it everything I had there on that shot and I think he kind of fanned on it and it ended up hitting my blocker," Rask said. "That's one of those saves [where] sometimes it hits you, sometimes it doesn't. That time I got lucky there."

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When Bruins rookie defenseman Johnny Boychuk is on the ice, he just wants to go hit something.



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The Bruins took a dominating lead in their quarterfinal Stanley Cup playoff series against the Sabres with a 3-2 win at TD Garden on Wednesday night. Miroslav Satan scored the game-winner for Boston in double overtime. Tuukka Rask took the win for Boston while Ryan Miller got the loss after giving away a 2-0 lead in the third period. The Bruins now lead the series three games to one heading into Game 5 in Buffalo on Friday.

 

One day after Marc Savard passed a neuro-psych evaluation and was cleared to practice with the Bruins, coach Claude Julien addressed the media Wednesday morning and tempered any enthusiasm about the center returning for the Sabres series.

 

Sabres leading scorer Thomas Vanek, who missed Game 3 against the Bruins with a lower-body injury, participated in Buffalo's morning skate on Wednesday before Game 4 at TD Garden. Vanek was injured in Game 2 after taking a slash to his right leg by Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk and has been seen wearing a boot on his left leg. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has not given any indication as to Vanek's condition or availability since the injury, and Vanek told reporters yesterday that he would try to make an appearance in Game 4 but he does not know for sure.

 

After passing a neuro-psych test Tuesday afternoon, Bruins center Marc Savard was cleared to rejoin his teammates at practice. However, he still needs to gain clearance from his physician at Mass. General Hospital, Kelly McInnis, before he can play in a game. According to the team, no appointment had been scheduled as of yesterday.

 

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Bruins forward Mark Recchi, one of the heroes of Monday night's Game 3 victory over the Sabres, joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday afternoon. Recchi said teammate Marc Savard has been skating longer than the two days that the media found out about this week, and he's hopeful Savard will return to action soon.