Post-game notes: Sabres vs. Bruins 4/8/12

Now, we say goodbye to the regular season.

And hello to the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Watch this for excitement.

A Buffalo-Boston match-up wouldn’t be complete without someone dropping the gloves am I right? Shawn Thornton kindly asked Robyn Regehr to fuck off, then proceeded to drop the gloves. And let’s be real, Shawn Thornton doesn’t lose many fights. You think a guy named Robyn was gonna change that? Nah. Thornton finished him off handily and got the crowd going.

What a way to end the regular season, though! Started off the year on a bad note and ended on a positive one. Seems very fitting that Patrice Bergeron gets the game-winner as well.

The field-trip line came up big for us once again.

Tyler Seguin opened up the scoring early in the second with a nasty feed from Patrice Bergeron. The best part of that goal was the speed Seguin used to get into the play and crash the net, great work on his part. The only upsetting thing would be he only hit 29 goals in the game. It’d be nice to have him score 30, but we’ll take what we can get. Seguin notched another later in the game, which capped off his surging sophomore season.

Going into the 3rd the game was knotted up at 1 apiece. This was when Buffalo tore the game open, scoring 2 goals in just 1 minute and 44 seconds toward the halfway point of the third.

But resilience is the B’s middle name. 2 goal deficit, no problem.

The Bruins didn’t hesitate, they put the pedal to the floor.

Seguin scored his 29th goal of the season on the power play, assisted by Bergeron once again.  And just a couple of minutes later, Marchand grabbed his 28th goal of the season with a wicked, outstretched backhand. Brick said something about how long Marchand’s stick was and I silently laughed to myself.

The game ended up going to a shootout and both goaltenders looked sharp.

In the words of John Bishop: Krejci shot. Save. Ennis shot. Save. Seguin shot. Save. Boyes shot. Save. Bergeron. SCORES! Pominville shot. Save. B’s win!

Fun statistics to note:

B’s finished off the regular season 32-0-0 when leading after 2 periods becoming the first team in NHL history to do so.

Shawn Thornton finished off the season tied for first in the league in fights with 20.

PLUS. MINUS. BITCHES:

Bergeron +36

Seguin +34

Chara +33

Kelly +33

Marchand +31

B’s finished with guys in the top 5 spots for +/-

Chris Kelly finished the year with 20 goals – a career high.

Bergeron had his first 60+ point season since his concussion.

Benoit Pouliot had a career-high season with 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points.

Zdeno Chara had a career-high season with 12 goals and 40 assists for 52 points (one more point than 07-08 season)

Krejci had a career-high in goals with 23 (one more than 08-09 season)

Tyler Seguin became the second player in NHL history (20 years or younger) to finish +30.

B’s finish season with 6 20+ goal scorers.

B’s shootout record was 9-3 (last year was 2-6).

B’s first team to repeat as Northeast Division champs since the NHL split into 6 divisions.

Surely I’m missing some, but there’s a handful of stats to make you smile.

What we learned: The Boston Bruins had an impressive 2011-12 regular season. They were undeniably dominant at times and mediocre at others but all-in-all the Bruins and their fans should be very, very proud.

Just remember: The Washington Capitals will be flying into Boston this Thursday for Game 1 of the first round. It’s playoff time, bitches.

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