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Sabres score late, then defeat Bruins in overtime

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 11:56 PM

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

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Sabres score late, then defeat Bruins in overtime
Boston Bruins 4, Buffalo Sabres 5
Three Stars of the Game
Brian Flynn
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:04
Zemgus Girgensons
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 14:09
Matt D'Agostini
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 16:57

BUFFALO Matt D'Agostini scored 22 seconds into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 5-4 comeback victory against the Boston Bruins at First Niagara Center on Wednesday.

D'Agostini eluded Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and broke in on goalie Chad Johnson after forward Loui Eriksson turned over the puck out of the zone. D'Agostini slipped the puck underneath Johnson's right leg to give the Sabres their second win in as many nights.

"Once I saw the puck go out, I could tell [Chara] didn't know I'd be coming up from behind him," D'Agostini said. "I think he just thought he had time to go back and retrieve the puck. I kind of just snuck up behind him. I heard their bench screaming. I tried a little sneak attack on him in there, so it was good that I got by him and snuck it through the pad."

The Sabres got to overtime when Matt Moulson tied the game with 53 seconds left in the third period with his 16th goal of the season. Moulson pounced on a rebound of a Zemgus Girgensons shot and slipped the puck underneath Johnson.

"It was a bit of a lucky bounce," Moulson said. "I was actually trying to get it to [Drew Stafford] and it hit one of their guys' skates, came right back to me and off the post, off the goalie and in. I felt a little bad for taking that penalty in the end and them getting a goal. It's good to get that one tied up and get the win for [Jhonas Enroth]."

Moulson put the Sabres in a hole when he was whistled for a double-minor high-sticking 9:11 into the third period. Milan Lucic gave the Bruins a 4-3 lead 32 seconds later when he ripped a slap shot from the slot to beat Enroth for his 18th of the season. Enroth was scrambling after the Bruins buzzed his net, and Torey Krug connected with Lucic out high for the open look and shot.

"When things like that happen, [Moulson] didn't really mean to do it, it was unfortunate," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "I'm quite sure he felt bad they had the go-ahead goal, but I'm quite sure he's very happy he got the equalizer."

Enroth stopped 29 shots playing instead of Ryan Miller, who was in net for a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. It was Enroth's second victory of the season, first since Oct. 25 against the Florida Panthers, in his 19th start.

"I guess it hasn't been a good season for anyone in here, I think," Enroth said. "But, finally we start getting some luck and getting some bounces. It feels nice to win finally."

Buffalo took a 1-0 lead when Girgensons scored 3:32 into the first period. He was parked in front of the net when Brian Flynn connected with him on a centering pass from the corner. Girgensons' shot squeezed through Johnson for his sixth goal of the season.

Bruins forward Chris Kelly tied the game at 10:47 of the first with his fifth goal of the season. Kelly was set up in the faceoff circle to the right of Enroth when Carl Soderberg passed to him from behind the net. Kelly's shot beat Enroth over his right shoulder.

The Sabres held a 3-1 lead in the second period after a power-play goal from Tyler Myers at 6:25 and a wrist shot from Flynn at 9:10. Myers' goal came after he drew a slashing penalty against Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

"It always feels nice to score goals," Flynn said. "That's why you play the game. It's fun. It's nice to chip in there. Goals are tough to come by, so anytime you get one it gives you a little more confidence."

The Bruins came back late in the second. Chara scored a power-play goal at 11:01, his ninth on the man-advantage this season. Marchand scored his 20th of the season to make it 3-3 with 2:14 remaining. He took a pass from Reilly Smith after the forward stole the puck from Sabres defenseman John Scott.

"We did a really good job battling back from that two-goal deficit," Marchand said. "They played really well. They played hard. It would've been really nice to get two points."

Johnson made 21 saves playing instead of Tuukka Rask, who was given the night off in the Bruins' first game after he played for Finland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I think we're a team that expects more and to me we should have walked out of here with a win," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We had the game under control and then we gave them that tying goal and that's our own mistakes, even on that winning goal, not getting back quick enough.

"So you've got to look at yourself and say we had the game under control with a little over a minute left, or less than a minute left, and we gave them that first point and gave them that second one."

scoring summary
1st Period
03:32
BUF
Zemgus Girgensons (6) ASST: Brian Flynn (5), Jamie McBain (8)
1 - 0 BUF
10:47
BOS
Chris Kelly (5) ASST: Carl Soderberg (22), Matt Bartkowski (11)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:25
BUF
PPG - Tyler Myers (7) ASST: Cody Hodgson (17), Christian Ehrhoff (22)
2 - 1 BUF
09:10
BUF
Brian Flynn (5) ASST: Ville Leino (11), Jamie McBain (9)
3 - 1 BUF
11:01
BOS
PPG - Zdeno Chara (14) ASST: Milan Lucic (25), Torey Krug (21)
3 - 2 BUF
17:46
BOS
Brad Marchand (20) ASST: Reilly Smith (25)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
09:43
BOS
PPG - Milan Lucic (18) ASST: Torey Krug (22), Jarome Iginla (27)
4 - 3 BOS
19:07
BUF
Matt Moulson (16) ASST: Zemgus Girgensons (13), Ville Leino (12)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
00:22
BUF
Matt D'Agostini (4) ASST: NONE
5 - 4 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
01:16
BOS
Carl Soderberg  Too many men/ice - bench
05:19
BUF
John Scott  Tripping against  Chris Kelly
2nd Period
00:53
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Slashing against  Drew Stafford
05:26
BOS
Brad Marchand  Slashing against  Tyler Myers
06:58
BOS
Milan Lucic  Boarding against  Jamie McBain
09:44
BUF
Zemgus Girgensons  Hooking against  Torey Krug
13:56
BOS
Carl Soderberg  Tripping against  Ville Leino
20:00
BOS
Kevan Miller  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Marcus Foligno
20:00
BUF
Marcus Foligno  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Kevan Miller
3rd Period
09:11
BUF
Matt Moulson  Hi stick - double minor against  Chris Kelly
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Chad Johnson
SA: 26TOI: 60:14
Saves: 21EV: 13 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .808SH: 0 - 0
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 33TOI: 60:02
Saves: 29EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .879SH: 3 - 3