The Boston Bruins exorcised their four-game losing streak demons in Buffalo last night, feasting on a floundering Sabres squad to the tune of a decisive 4-1 victory. Charlie Coyle, channeling his inner Jack E. Lantern, carved up the Sabres net with a double dose, while Morgan Geekie and Mason Lohrei added sprinkles of sweetness to the Spoked B’s offensive smorgasbord.
Jeremy Swayman stood tall between the pipes, swatting away 25 Sabres shots like cobwebs clinging to a Halloween costume. His brick wall performance was especially crucial during Buffalo’s six power plays, leaving their net light like a jack-o’-lantern with a dead battery.
“We knew we had to come out strong after that rough patch,” said Coyle, his post-game grin as wide as his two-goal celebration. “The power play clicking like a well-oiled pumpkin trebuchet definitely helped things along.”
Indeed, the Bruins’ special teams were positively bewitching, converting three of their four power plays into goals. Brad Marchand, a mischievous gremlin in black and gold, dished out two assists, proving that even naughty ghosts can set the table for a winning feast.
While the Sabres’ lone tally came from Erik Johnson, their offensive spark was as dim as a forgotten votive candle. Their power play woes were particularly haunting, going 0-for-6 and leaving fans wondering if they left their scoring touch back at the pumpkin patch.
“We just couldn’t find the net tonight,” lamented Buffalo coach Don Granato. “Our power play looked more like a haunted hayride than a Stanley Cup parade.”
With the win, the Bruins exorcise their recent losing streak and climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Sabres, on the other hand, are left to ponder their offensive woes and hope they haven’t carved their season’s fate in stone.
So, there you have it, folks. The Bruins are back in the black and gold groove, leaving the Sabres searching for their lost scoring touch. Remember, folks, even the spookiest of teams can find their winning spirit. Just ask the Boston Bruins.