Bruins come back for 3-2 win over Sabres in overtime

Pat Malacaro
December 29, 2018 - 7:09 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Bruins were able to erase two separate one-goal deficits to score a 3-2 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at KeyBank Center.

Marco Scandella used a rebound chance in front of the net to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead over the Bruins just over four minutes into the game. Jeff Skinner drove to the net for the initial shot on goal that was stopped by Tuukka Rask, but the puck was in front of the goal when the defenseman trailed the play and scored his second goal of the year. Skinner and Sam Reinhart assisted on the goal.

Boston would tie the game at 1-1 midway through the period thanks to strong work in the offensive zone. Noel Acciari recorded his first goal of the season to draw the visitors even. It came after a pair of Buffalo turnovers in their own zone. The goal was unassisted.

Neither team was able to take advantage of their lone power play chance in the first period. Zach Bogosian was called for a hooking minor, while Colby Cave was also penalized for hooking. The Bruins out-shot Buffalo 14-7 in the period.

Buffalo re-gained the lead in the middle frame, while Jack Eichel was in the penalty box serving a double minor. Johan Larsson and Evan Rodrigues combined to score, making it 2-1 Sabres. The goal was Larsson's fourth of the season. Rodrigues and Scandella were credited with assists on the shorthanded goal.

The Bruins controlled the play for much of the third period, and used a Rasmus Ristolainen penalty to their advantage to re-tie the game. Ristolainen was in the penalty box for kneeing when Jake DeBrusk tipped a shot from the point into the net, making the score 2-2 with just under three minutes remaining in regulation. Torey Krug took the shot from the blue line that eventually found the net. David Pastrnak was credited with the secondary assist on the power play goal.

After controlling the shots on goal in the middle frame, the Sabres were out-shot 18-5 by Boston in the third. Just the one penalty was called on either side in the last period of regulation as well. 

David Krejci was called for interference early in the overtime to give Buffalo a 4-on-3 power play in the extra period, but the Sabres recorded one shot on goal during the man advantage.

Sean Kuraly scored on a rebound chance in overtime to give the Bruins the win. He was able to chip in his own second chance opportunity after taking the initial shot as well. The game-winning goal was unassisted.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 4:40 - Marco Scandella (2) (Jeff Skinner, Sam Reinhart)
BOS: 9:30 - Noel Acciari (1) (unassisted)

Second Period:

BUF: 5:43 - Johan Larsson (4) SHG (Evan Rodrigues, Marco Scandella)

Third Period:

BOS: 17:31 - Jake DeBrusk (11) PPG (Torey Krug, David Pasternak)


BOS: 3:44 - Sean Kuraly (3) (unassisted)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 11:07 - Zach Bogosian (Hooking - 2 min.)
BOS: 16:48 - Colby Cave (Hooking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 3:02 - Jack Eichel (High sticking - 4 min.)
BOS:  2:53 - Torey Krug (Tripping - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 16:17 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Kneeing - 2 min.)


BOS: 0:34 - David Krejci (Interference - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal

BUF: 28 (7, 14, 5, 2) 
BOS: 42 (14, 7, 18, 3)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 39 saves
BOS: Tuukka Rask - 26 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 3 (0%)
BOS: 1 for 4 (25%)

Three Stars:

  1. Sean Kuraly - BOS
  2. Jake DeBrusk - BOS
  3. Marco Scandella - BUF

What's Next

The blue and gold will close out 2018 when they welcome the New York Islanders for a six o'clock puck drop on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage with Mike Schopp kicks off at 5 p.m. from (716) Food and Sport.

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