NHL Game Summary - Boston at Buffalo
(Friday, November 20th)
Final Score: Boston 2, Buffalo 1 (OT)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Patrice Bergeron's tip-in 47 seconds into overtime provided the difference, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, in a Northeast Division battle.
Milan Lucic also scored -- his first goal of the season -- for Boston, which has won two straight to start a four-game trip after losing three straight contests. Tuuka Rask, who continues to start in place of the injured Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, stopped 25-of-26 shots to earn the win.
"A little bit," Lucic said when asked if he was relieved about getting his first goal. "It took a little longer than I hoped...We can't be satisfied with what we've done in these past few games. We just have to keep pushing forward and wanting more."
Paul Gaustad netted the only goal for Buffalo early in the first period, and the Sabres have now lost two in a row after a three-game win streak. Ryan Miller allowed two goals on 26 shots in the loss.
After a scoreless third period, the Bruins netted the game-winner early in overtime. Boston won an offensive draw back to Zdeno Chara, who skated to the high slot and fired a shot toward the net. Bergeron was able to tip it in mid- air past Miller's glove for the game-winning goal.
Buffalo took the lead 4:20 into the game, as Jason Pominville blasted a one- timer from the top of the slot that was tipped in from just in front of the crease by Gaustad.
"Our first period was really good," Pominville said. "In the first and third we got our legs moving and got our forward deep, but our second (period) just wasn't good enough."
Boston tied the game with just over nine minutes left in the second period on Lucic's first goal of the season. Byron Bitz started a 2-on-1 and sent a cross-ice feed that barely eluded defenseman Craig Rivet's stick. Lucic got it and fired it up over a sprawled-out Miller for a 1-1 contest.
The Sabres were the aggressors in the third period, firing 15 shots, but they could not figure out Rask, who stopped each one of them. Miller needed to turn away only six shots in the final regulation period to force overtime.
Boston has won both games against Buffalo this season...The Bruins are now two points behind the Sabres in the standings...Buffalo's Mike Grier missed his fourth straight game with a strained groin.
11/21 02:48:58 ET