Ten minutes later, with the Sabres up 1-0 from Christian Ehrhoff’s score, Kaleta fought Lucic off a faceoff. When it ended, Kaleta implored the fans with his arms, and they responded by roaring.
The Sabres led 2-0 shortly after.
“Get the crowd into it,” Kaleta said. “Get the blood flowing a little bit. Knock the cobwebs out of the old melon a little bit. I guess it was an awesome night.”
By the end, the Bruins were chasing around Kaleta, who also scored a goal. In the waning minutes, Lucic hit Kaleta in the head, earning a 10-minute misconduct.
“I thought he got under their skin a little bit,” Ruff said about Kaleta.
Mike Weber also scrapped with Thornton in the third period. The team combined for 90 penalty minutes in the wildly entertaining affair.
“They’re a team that wants to kind of intimidate you and push you around,” Miller said. “It just goes to show if you hang in there and play good hockey, that stuff doesn’t really matter.”
Ruff, meanwhile, lauded the job Patrick and assistants Kevyn Adams and Teppo Numminen did. Patrick ran the forwards and Adams took over the defensemen. Numminen moved down from the press box.
“James did a great job of taking the bull by the horns,” said Ruff, who “missed” his first game since March 20, 2006. “I said, ‘It’s just your bench to run. … I’m not giving you any advice on who to play and how to play. It’s all yours.’”
Ruff won’t even be able to run practice from the ice. Instead, he’ll stay on the bench.
“It’s just too dangerous being out there with Leo,” he deadpanned.
The Sabres looked dangerous offensively throughout while extending their unbeaten streak to 4-0-1.
Jason Pominville’s 18th and 19th scores tied him with Thomas Vanek for the team lead. Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford also scored.