There’s a little something special about playing the Boston Bruins for Brian Flynn.
The native of Lynnfield, Mass. grew up a Bruins fan. His family roots for the Bruins. His friends are Bruin fans.
And Flynn, well, he seems to have some pretty good games against Boston.
Wednesday he had a goal and assist in the Sabres’ 5-4 overtime win at First Niagara Center.
It was the second two-point night of his career. The first came against the Bruins on Dec. 19 when he scored a short-handed goal with an assist.
“It’s fun for me,” Flynn said. “I grew up outside of Boston and was a big Bruins fan. I’d watch every game growing up. Now playing against them, I don’t know, I’ve got a lot of friends and family back home who are Bruins fans, hopefully they’re rooting for us now.”
In 57 games for the Sabres this season he has five goals and five assists.
“I think for me, I just play a pretty smart game,” Flynn said. “I try not to give up too many opportunities and do a good job on the penalty kill and hopefully I can start contributing a little more offense.”
“He’s quietly had some really good games for us,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “He’s just one of those types of guys, you don’t hear him too much. I don’t hear him in the dressing room to tell you the truth. He doesn’t speak too much. But he’s just one of those really unassuming guys. He goes about his work very efficiently. He’s got great hockey sense. He’s a tremendous skater.”
Tyler Ennis may return to the lineup tonight. He missed Wednesday’s game with general body soreness and did not practice on Thursday.
“He’s still a little sore but hopefully knock on wood he’ll be ready to go tomorrow,” Nolan said. “It’s still one of those day-to-day things. He was a lot better today and hopefully we’ll have a good chance to see him at morning skate and go from there.”
Ville Leino filled in for Ennis on the top line, centering Matt Moulson and Drew Stafford. He picked up two assists but Nolan wasn’t gushing praise.
“Ville played OK,” Nolan said. “Tyler Ennis had that line really going. It’s tough to jump in but he was OK.”
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