After Wideman’s earlier indications that he started the season injured (he wasn’t skating well, even for him) and that he’d had about the worst season of his career, some thought it was time to forgive and forget. I think that he, Ryder and several others still have a lot of work to catch up on.
Early in the first period the Bruin’s put Miller under siege, and had little to show for it. When Mike Grier scores on a cross crease high glove shot, the Bruins were knocked back on their heels for most of the remainder of the period. Sobotka started the turnaround by laying waste to Tyler Ennis, then setting up Wideman for his first career NHL playoff goal, and the tying goal.
A nice little scrum involving Paul Gaustad of the Sabres and the much smaller, very scrappy Andrew Ference brought the noise back from the Garden crowd.
After 1, Sobotka & Chara lead the Bruins with 3 hits each, Tim Kennedy has 3 for Buffalo. Boychuck leads the Bruins with 8:40 of ice time.