NHL Game Summary - Boston at Buffalo
(Wednesday, November 7th)
Final Score: Buffalo 2, Boston 1 (OT)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Clarke MacArthur scored the game-winning goal with 1:44 left in overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 comeback win against the Boston Bruins.
With the puck rattling slowly along the left boards in Boston's zone, Buffalo's Drew Stafford got to it first, backhanded a pass to MacArthur all alone in the slot. MacArthur one-timed it past Boston goaltender Tim Thomas for the Sabres' win.
Ales Kotalik scored a power play goal, and Maxim Afinogenov had an assist, as the Sabres snapped a three-game losing streak. Ryan Miller made 25 saves in the win, and Buffalo moved above .500 at home this season.
The Sabres have now gotten points in 17 of their last 18 games against Boston, going 14-1-3.
Marc Savard had the Bruins' lone goal, with Glen Murray and P.J. Axelsson picked up assists, as Boston lost for the fourth time in its last five games. Thomas stopped 27 shots, and the Bruins are now even in their season series against Buffalo.
MacArthur's overtime goal came on the same day the Sabres called him up from their AHL affiliate club in Rochester.
"It's the best feeling in the world. My family is probably so happy at home right now. It's such a relief to get one in the first game like that," MacArthur said. "I was caught off guard. (Stafford) makes nice plays like that and he saw me in the slot. Give him the credit."
Whoever gets the credit, the goal ended a game between struggling teams who couldn't quite capitalize on their chances. Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff characterized the game as a "battle" through the neutral zone. Boston outshot Buffalo 13-6 in the third period, and both squads couldn't push one across.
"We're dictating play and creating opportunities," Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward said. "We're snake-bitten. It'll get better."
Boston got on the scoreboard first, 8:07 into the game when Savard scored an even-strength goal. Axelsson got the puck behind the Buffalo goal line, and sent a pass to Murray, near the top of the right face-off circle. Murray blasted a shot, and the deflection went out to Savard on the left side, who sent it past Miller for the score.
The Sabres evened it in the second period, in which they registered 11 shots on goal. After Boston's Zdeno Chara went off the ice for an interference penalty - his second of the game to that point - Buffalo went on the power play with about five minutes left in the period.
A failed Sabres attack left Boston with the puck behind its own goal line, and the chance to clear, but Dennis Wideman turned over possession back to the Sabres.
Afinogenov got the puck, and sent a cross-zone pass from the right corner to Kotalik near the top of the left face-off circle, and he blasted a shot on net. Thomas Vanek was standing right in front of Thomas, and the obstruction helped Kotalik's shot go in with 4:10 remaining until intermission.
Buffalo is the youngest team in the Eastern Conference with an average age of 26.8 years old...The Bruins won the first game of this season's series with a 4-3 overtime victory in Boston on November 1. The Northeast Division rivals have six more games left this season, with the next coming Saturday in Boston.
11/07 23:00:40 ET