Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton had goals for the Bruins. (Getty)
The Bruins had to play with only five defensemen Saturday night, but three of them scored as the B’s took an easy 4-0 win over the Sabres.
Niklas Svedberg, playing in his third career NHL game, picked up his first NHL shutout with a 32-save performance.
After Kevan Miller had left the game following a fight, Dougie Hamilton scored his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from the point and picked up a secondary assist on a Zdeno Chara blast to make it 2-0 in the first period.
Torey Krug netted his first of the season as well, taking a puck off the boards and beating Jhonas Enroth with a wrist shot at 11:40 of the second. Just over three minutes later, Carl Soderberg roofed a backhander in front to make it 4-0.
The Bruins will next play Tuesday in Boston against the Sharks.
Here are some observations from the game:
- Kevan Miller left the game due to injury after fighting Nicolas Deslauriers on his fifth shift of the game, leaving the B’s to manage with five defensemen for the vast majority of the game.
That became tougher in the second period, when an early penalty from Adam McQuaid and a late penalty from Dennis Seidenberg meant more responsibility and minutes on the penalty kill for the rest of Boston’s defense.
- Speaking of penalties, the Sabres are so bad this season. The Bruins took seven penalties, giving Buffalo nearly 13 and a half minutes of time on the man advantage, and the Sabres still failed to beat Svedberg.
- The Bruins blocked a ton of shots against the Sabres, getting in front of 22 of Buffalo’s shots.
- Another game, another great showing from Carl Soderberg’s line. He and Chris Kelly lead the team with five points apiece.
- Patrice Bergeron had the assist on Hamilton’s goal, giving the Bruins center 499 career points. That ties him with Adam Oates for 13th all-time in Bruins history. Just a hunch, but the guess here is that he gets to 500 at some point.