NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Boston|
(Thursday, March 10th)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Brad Boyes scored with 1:16 left in overtime to
complete Buffalo's 4-3 comeback win over Boston and give the Sabres the season
series victory against their Northeast Division rival.
Nathan Gerbe set up the goal by picking up a loose puck and racing down the
center of the ice before ripping a shot from the point. Tim Thomas blocked the
initial shot, but wasn't quick enough to prevent the diminutive forward from
slipping the puck to Boyes for the open-net tap-in.
Tim Connolly, Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis also tallied for the Sabres, who
went 4-1-1 against Boston this season and are 4-1-1 on a seven-game road trip
that ends Saturday in Toronto. Ryan Miller made 26 saves for the win.
Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton and Mark Recchi lit the lamp for the Bruins,
who have lost three straight since a season-high seven-game win streak. Thomas
surrendered all four goals on 45 shots.
The Bruins jumped in front, 3-2, 2:18 into the final frame after Zdeno Chara's
shot from the point was deflected by traffic. Campbell was in the right spot
to slide the loose puck under Miller from the slot.
Buffalo, which never held the lead in regulation, knotted the game thanks to a
5-on-3 advantage just over five minutes into the period. The power-play unit
worked the puck carefully around the perimeter until Vanek, from the left
corner, centered it. The puck was kicked around in a scrum, but Connolly was
finally able to push it past the goal line.
The rest of regulation was scoreless, forcing the extra period.
Boston took a 1-0 edge at the 8:54 mark of the first, when Horton tapped in
the puck off Milan Lucic's cross-ice feed during an odd-man rush.
That score held until the mid-point of the second period, when a string of
penalties created a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Sabres and a power play for the
"Good first period and we were doing fine in the second, then some tough calls
really killed the momentum for us," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "I
thought we had some tough calls against us."
Neither team was able to score on its advantage, but just after time ran out
on Buffalo's bench minor, Recchi stuffed in the puck during a goalmouth
Buffalo answered just 27 seconds later to make it 2-1. Ennis held a Steve
Montador pass deep into the zone, long enough to get a sharp-angle shot into
the open net.
The Sabres pulled even on the power play with 68 seconds left in the middle
frame. Ennis went racing toward the back of the net and centered it just
before reaching the back boards. Vanek then chipped the disc over Thomas'
shoulder from in close.
Boston is just 16-12-5 as the host this season and has lost four of its last
five games at TD Garden...The Sabres are 19-11-5 as the visiting team this
season. Overall, they are 18-8-4 since the beginning of the year...The Bruins
have not scored a power-play goal in eight games. They were 0-for-3 against
the Sabres...Buffalo went 2-for-7 on the man-advantage.
03/11 02:47:49 ET