Series MVP: Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins
For the Bruins to have any chance against the Buffalo Sabres, Boston needed a huge effort from their rookie netminder. Rask backstopped the Bruins with the poise of a veteran, at times outplaying Olympic MVP Ryan Miller . The Finn showed no jitters in his first postseason game, a 2-1 loss, and rebounded with three straight wins, holding Buffalo to two or fewer goals in two of those. His 35-save effort in a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 swung the momentum toward Boston. Rask finishes the first round among the top goaltenders in save percentage (fourth, .927) and goals-against average (fourth, 2.18).
Off the Mark• Wes Goldstein: Buffalo in 6: Thomas Vanek is on a roll and Miller is a difference maker.
• Erin Brown: Buffalo in 5: If an all-star Canadian squad barely beat Miller, do you really think the Bruins can?
• Mike Hurcomb: Buffalo in 7: Miller didn't win gold at the Olympics, but he will prevail in Game 7.
• Dennis Dodd: Buffalo in 5: Miller is a national hero at the top of his game.
|No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston|
|Apr. 15||at Buffalo||BUF, 2-1||Recap|
|Apr. 17||at Buffalo||BOS, 5-3||Recap|
|Apr. 19||at Boston||BOS, 2-1||Recap|
|Apr. 21||at Boston||BOS, 3-2 (2OT)||Recap|
|Apr. 23||at Buffalo||BUF, 4-1||Recap|
|Apr. 26||at Boston||BOS, 4-3||Recap|
|Boston wins series, 4-2|