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April 13, 2014

Bruins clinch NHL's top record, beat Sabres

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He was replaced by Connor Knapp, the seventh goalie to dress for the Sabres this season. He made his NHL debut and allowed Krejci’s second goal one minute later.

“Some nerves, for sure, especially with the crowd definitely into it,” Knapp said. “And they’re on a power play, too.”

Hoping for another long postseason run after losing last year’s Stanley Cup finals in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins got back on track after losing four of their previous five games. That followed a streak in which they won 15 of 16.

“We were pretty reckless with the puck the last couple games,” Krug said. “That’s not something our team wants in our identity.”

It was more of the same for the Sabres, who lost for the 17th time in 19 games with just 27 goals during that slump.

“A good clean bill of health in the summertime (and) we’ll go forward to next year,” Nolan said. “Whether we missed the playoffs by one point or we missed it by 30, 60 points, it doesn’t matter.”

The Bruins scored twice in a span of 1:29 late in the first period.

Campbell tipped in a pass by Jordan Caron from the left boards at 16:54. Krejci made it 2-0 at 18:23 after Zdeno Chara’s shot off the backboards ricocheted to him at the left corner of the net. Krejci easily backhanded the puck into the open side.

Bergeron made it 3-0 at 11:43 of the third period, taking a pass from the right corner from Brad Marchand and putting a shot from the top of the right circle through Hackett’s legs.

Tuukka Rask, who leads the NHL with seven shutouts, missed out on another when Hodgson converted a rebound of Marcus Foligno’s shot at 13:58 of the third period.

“My focus has been a little bit (on the playoffs) already,” Rask said, “but I’ll rest a couple of days and crank it up.”

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