NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Boston|
(Tuesday, December 7th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Buffalo 2 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mark Recchi scored the game-winning goal 2:11
into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo
Sabres at TD Garden.
Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic scored for Boston, which has won three of its
last four games. Tim Thomas made 28 saves and David Krejci posted two assists
in the victory.
Luke Adam and Thomas Vanek tallied for the Sabres, who saw their brief two-
game win streak halted but earned at least one point for the fourth time in
their last five games overall (3-1-1).
Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 36 shots.
After Buffalo's Derek Roy failed to end the game when he was all alone in
front against Thomas early in the overtime session, Adam was whistled for
high-sticking and the Bruins went to work on the 4-on-3 power play.
Krejci, from the left side, slid a soft pass back to the centerpoint for
Dennis Seidenberg, whose one-timer was deflected by Recchi in front and flew
past Miller. However, play resumed because the puck came out of the net so
quickly that neither referee nor the goal judge thought it was a goal.
The action continued for nearly a minute before the Bruins finally got the
stoppage of play they wanted so that the play could be reviewed. It was an
easy decision, as several camera angles showed the puck clearly crossed the
goal line. As the Boston faithful watched the reply on the in-arena screen,
they cheered when referee Brad Meier pointed to signal that the game was over.
"I was just trying to get a good screen for Seidenberg, and it was a great
shot by him," Recchi said. "It was a good win for us. We weren't as sharp as
we would have liked. I knew it went in."
Boston has won three straight against the Sabres.
The Bruins opened the scoring at the 13:21 mark of the first period. Lucic
held control behind the net and skated out to the area near the bottom of the
right circle along the goal line. His turnaround wrister found room between
the near post and Miller's pad and barely made its way fully across the goal
Boston was very aggressive with the forecheck during the entire second stanza,
and it led to several scoring chances, one of which was a breakaway by Recchi,
who hit the post.
The visitors reached the scoreboard at 12:57 of the second. Following a shot
by Jason Pominville and a save by Thomas, the rebound sat in the low slot and
Adam slid the disc through heavy traffic and underneath Thomas for his first
goal of the season.
Vanek's 11th goal gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead in the early stages of the third. A
routine dump-in along the right side was reached first by the forechecking
Vanek. From behind the goal line, Vanek purposely attempted to bank the puck
off of Thomas and into the net, and his odd slapshot from close to the rear
boards did exactly that for a one-goal lead 4:07 into the frame.
A terrible turnover by Buffalo blueliner Mike Weber led to a 2-2 score. Weber
held control along the rear boards in his defensive zone and tried to make a
pass through the slot. Horton was in perfect position, intercepted the puck
and easily lit the lamp with a wrister from in close with 6:21 remaining in
Miller entered the contest on the heels of two consecutive shutouts...Vanek
has five goals in his last eight games...Thomas improved to 14-2-2 this
season...Boston is now 6-5-2 at home in 2010-11...The Bruins were 1-for-5 on
the power play and held the visitors scoreless on their lone chance with the
12/08 02:02:29 ET