Bruins fall to Sabres

DJ Bean
January 20, 2011 - 4:32 pm

The Bruins blew a pair of leads on Thursday en route to a 4-2 loss to the Sabres at TD Garden. The B's got tallies from Dennis Seidenberg and Gregory Campbell to give them leads in the first and second periods, but Nathan Horton had a pair of costly turnovers that led to Sabres goals, including Thomas Vanek's game-winner at 5:13 of the third period. Cody McCormick, Nathan Gerbe, and Jason Pominville also scored for the Sabres. Vanek and Tyler Ennis each had multi-point nights. Vanek got the helper on Pominville's tally, while Ennis assisted McCormick's and Gerbe's goals. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves on 33 shots faced, while Ryan Miller got the win via a 38-save effort. The Bruins will play their next two games on the road, playing in Colorado and Los Angeles before returning to TD Garden to face the Panthers next Wednesday. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS - Nathan Horton is downright freezing, and it was another rough one for the winger on Thursday. The 25-year-old had the opportunities, but he couldn't convert them, and even cost the Bruins big-time in his own end. He screened Miller on Seidenberg's goal, but the pros outweighed the cons for Horton on the night. He was stuffed on a breakaway, elected to pass in front of the net with Miller out of position, and had the turnover in the Bruins' zone that led to McCormick's goal. Most costly of all was his third-period turnover that Vanek got the game-winner on. Horton has just one goal in his last 17 games. - For how good a third period team as the Bruins have been this season, they haven't had as much success as they would like when entering the period tied. With Thursday's loss, the B's are now 3-5-2 when tied following the second period. - As one of the top teams in the East, the Bruins need to get two points against clubs fighting for playoff spots. The B's are now a less-than-impressive 2-2-1 against the Sabres this season. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS - The Wheeler-Campbell-Thornton line is working, and it's become pretty clear that Campbell and Thornton can bring success to just about anyone -- even when it's a guy like Wheeler who is clearly a top-9 type of forward. Campbell now has three goals in his last five games, and four in his last seven. Thornton, meanwhile, is beginning to crush Tim Thomas in their assist race. Thornton has five to Thomas' three. - Seidenberg seems to like playing against the Sabres. He's scored two of his four goals this season against Ryan Miller. He also has a pair of assists against the Sabres this season, giving him four points in five games against Buffalo. - Marc Savard, who got a helper on Seidenberg's goal, now has an assist in four of his last five games. The bad is that he was a minus-1 for the second straight game.