Niagara Gazette

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April 1, 2013

Boston blanks Sabres, 2-0.

Khudobin stops 26 in Bruins' 2-0 win over Sabres

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Niagara Gazette — Khudobin was both sharp and fortunate in the first period. Three minutes in, the Bruins goalie misplayed the puck behind his own net, and the puck rolled to Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, who was alone in the lower right circle, and facing an empty net. Khudobin got his stick out to get a piece of the puck.

He then made a solid save eight minutes later, kicking out his pad to stop Tyler Ennis, who cruised across the front of the net and tried to wrap it around the goalie inside the left post.

The Bruins’ best scoring chance through 40 minutes came with 1:15 left in the second when Miller got his right pad out to stop Horton, who was set up in front. Miller was also fortunate in the final minute of the first period when Milan Lucic had the puck roll of his stick while facing an open left side.

Miller finished with 29 saves. He appeared in his 491st career game, matching the Sabres franchise record among goalies set by Dominik Hasek.

NOTES: The Sabres were minus LW Ville Leino, who is listed day to day with an upper-body injury. Leino scored twice against Washington on Saturday, but did not finish the game. ... Of Khudobin’s 10 appearances this season, three have come against Buffalo. ... In the two Northeast Division rivals’ previous 266 meetings, the Bruins have the edge in wins, going 121-108-29-8 against the Sabres. Buffalo, however, had a 865-859 edge in goals, making the Sabres one of four teams — Minnesota, Montreal and Toronto — to have outscored Boston. ... The Sabres were coming off two shootout losses in which they squandered third-period leads. Buffalo’s lost the lead in the third period an NHL-high 10 times this season and gone 4-2-4, according to STATS.

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