Boston Bruins defeat Buffalo Sabres, 5-2

BUFFALO — The way the puck hadn’t been bouncing for the snakebitten Brad Marchand, the rookie fully expected that his first goal, whenever it came, would be one of those fluky ones.

Off a leg. Through a screen.

Not a shorthanded breakaway dangle.

In last night’s first period at HSBC Arena, with Michael Ryder serving a hooking penalty, Marchand got his chance. After Tim Connolly rimmed the puck to the invisible man at the left point, Marchand pulled away for a one-on-...

WILMINGTON — You might think one of the requirements for being an effective shot blocker is insanity, but the truth is, it’s as much science and art as it is courage. The timing and control have to be there, and it’s imperative that players who decide to sacrifice their bodies to block a shot don’t get in their goaltender’s way.

“It helps to not be scared to take a puck,’’ said Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, who has blocked 20 shots in eight games this season heading in...

BUFFALO — Left wing, right wing, second line, third line. None of it really makes a difference to Blake Wheeler.

“It’s the same responsibilities,’’ said Wheeler. “Just different side of the ice. Playing on your backhand a bit more. But for the most part, it’s the same thing.’’

Until last Saturday, Wheeler had been a fixture on Patrice Bergeron’s right side on the Bruins’ No. 2 line. But early in that night’s 4-0 win over Ottawa, coach Claude Julien flip-flopped Wheel...