Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for his initial shutout of the season, and the Boston Bruins won their fifth straight game, 2-0 against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Tuesday. Brad Marchand and Connor Clifton scored for the Bruins (26-12-6), who are fourth in the eight-team MassMutual East Division, six points ahead of the fifth-place New York Rangers.
The top four teams qualify for the Stanley sports logo patches Cup Playoffs. Dustin Tokarski, in his fifth straight start, made 39 saves for the Sabres (12-27-7). Marchand gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he got to a rebound at the side of the net and scored with a backhand at 8:06 of the first period. Dylan Cozens had a chance to tie it for Sabres on the power play from the bottom of the right face-off circle with an open net, but Rask reached out to get a piece of the shot with his glove at 13:22.
Clifton made it 2-0 at 3:03 of the second period when his shot trickled through Tokarski’s pads and went in off the goalie’s skate. In the third period, Buffalo had 17 Captain American Shield Logo Iron Ons shots and drew four penalties. The Chanel logo decal sticker Sabres were 0-for-6 on the energy play; the Bruins were 0-for-4. The teams play again here Thursday and Friday.