Boston, MA -
The Buffalo Sabres scored three unanswered goals and overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Saturday night at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins outshot the Sabres 20-5 in the third period, but netminder Martin Biron never relinquished the lead. Marco Sturm and Glen Murray scored for the B's and Andrew Raycroft made 22 saves in the loss. Boston will travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to try and take the second game in this home-and-home series.
"We're disappointed," said Coach Mike Sullivan. "I thought we played well and I thought our guys played hard. We did a lot of good things. We certainly generated a lot of scoring chances, and on most nights, I think we would end up with more goals than we did. Martin Biron played extremely well for (the Sabres) and made some key saves down the stretch. If we can continue to play with that effort and intensity, we're going to get good results on most nights."
On the powerplay, Patrice Bergeron
sent the puck across the crease and Marco Sturm tipped it over Sabres netminder Martin Biron's shoulder for the 1-0 lead just 3:41 into the game. The goal was Sturm's 300th career NHL point.
Then, Glen Murray made it 2-0 when Sergei Samsonov forced a turnover in the offensive zone and stick-handled down behind the Buffalo net to feed Murray in front for his 19th of the season and a 2-0 Bruins lead at 7:05.
Four minutes before the first period ended, Buffalo cut the lead to one when Jochen Hecht knocked in a Daniel Briere pass, while defenseman Brad Stuart tried to ride him away from the front of the net.
Buffalo tied it up at two apiece at 6:39 of the second period when Hecht returned the favor to Briere and flipped a pass across the crease. Briere settled the puck and shot it over a sprawled out Andrew Raycroft for his 16th of the season.
J.P. Dumont scored the go-ahead goal for the Sabres with his 11th of the year from the right circle. Hecht made a pass from atop the left face-off circle that Dumont one-timed past Raycroft's glove for the 3-2 Buffalo lead.
"They have some really skilled players up front that are very underrated," said Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft. "They made some nice plays out there tonight."
Boston dominated the Sabres in the third period with 20 shots on goal, but Biron made save after save and helped backstop his team to victory.
"A two goal lead is sometimes the worst lead in hockey," said Wayne Primeau. "You get up, especially that quick with a 2-0 lead and, not saying we did in the first, but in the second period we might have sat back a little bit more and they took it to us a bit. Overall, I still think we had a great effort in third period, but I think that late penalty was frustrating to have called when we had 20 shots and all that clutching and grabbing was happening."