The third period saw the hockey soup that is made out of grit & gristle, meat & madness, precision & patience and a touch of the grace of the hockey gods boil over. Andrew Ference got his face clawed by Rivet in a move reminicient of Mike Komisareks attack on Matt Hunwick, Vladimir Sobotka was jumped by Sekera and held his own in his first NHL fight against a much larger opponent.
The Bruins penalty kill was again perfect and robbed the Buffalo squad of any hope of momentum. Most importantly, the Boston Bruins who struggled at home kept their chins up and gutted out a win at home after going down to a team who can call on the services of the man who clearly deserves the Vezina, and the towering rookie sensation and probable Calder claimant Tyler Myers.
Almost 80 total hits on the night with Chara and Sobotka leading with six a piece, Dennis Wideman had one of his best games in a Bruins uniform earning notches points on both goals. Patrice Bergeron snapped his own scoring drought, and together Bergeron, Wideman, Rask and Vladimir Sobotka lead the Bruins to a 2-1 win and a 2-1 series advantage.