BOSTON BRUINS (37-16-4) AT BUFFALO SABRES (16-34-8)
10:07 p.m. - Overtime Snapshots: BUF 5, BOS 4
B'S FALL IN BUFFALO: In their first game back since the Olympic break, the Bruins came up short in overtime, falling to the Sabres 5-4 in Buffalo in overtime. The Black & Gold received offensive output from Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic, who each notched a goal. Goaltender Chad Johnson made 21 saves on 26 shots. The Bruins are back in action on Saturday back in Boston against the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.
10:02 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 4, BUF 4
SABRES EVEN IT UP: With Jhonas Enroth pulled for the extra attacker, Matt Moulson tied the game up at 4 apiece at the 19:07 mark in the third period.
LUCIC GIVES B'S THE LEAD: The Bruins were awarded a four-minute power play with 9:11 to go in the third period when Matt Moulson caught Chris Kelly with a high-stick as the two were battle for the puck along the boards. Forward Milan Lucic was able to give the Bruins their first lead of the game when he fired a slapper off of a feed from Torey Krug from the behind the net for his 18th goal of the season. Krug gets his 22nd assist on the play with Krejci picking up the secondary helper for his 38th of the season.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Saturday back in Boston against the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.
9:10 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, BUF 3
MARCHAND TIES IT: Bruins winger Brad Marchand tied the game at three when he beat Jhonas Enroth from the slot for his team-leading 20th goal of the season. Reilly Smith picks up the assists for his 25th helper of the season which ranks second on the team to Krejci's 37.
CHARA POWERS ONE IN: The Bruins showed no signs of quitting as Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara battled hard for a gritty goal on the doorstep during the B's second power play of the game. The play went under review after the puck trickled into the back of the net past Enroth, but was confirmed shortly thereafter and Chara was credited with his 14th goal of the season to bring the Black & Gold within one with 8:59 to go in the second frame. Nine of Chara's 14 goals have come on the power play this season. Torey Krug and Milan Lucic earn assists for their respective roles on the tally.
BUFFALO GOES UP 3-1: Brian Flynn increased the Buffalo lead, 3-1, when he chipped the puck past Chad Johnson for his fifth goal of the year. Buffalo's Leino and McBain are credited with the assists on the play for their 11th and ninth, respectively.
LUCIC WHISTLED FOR BOARDING: The Bruins were called for their third penalty of the period in under seven minutes of play when Milan Lucic was slapped with a two-minute boarding minor. Chad Johnson came up with a couple big saves during the sequence including a leg pad save on the doorstep with multiple Buffalo players swiping at the puck. The Bruins escaped the penalty with no further damage done as Buffalo remains in front 2-1 with about 11 minutes go go.
MARCHAND GOES OFF FOR SLASHING, SABRES SCORE: With 14:34 to go Brad Marchand was assessed a slashing minor on Tyler Myers sending the PK unit back to work once again. The Bruins however were unable to kill off this slashing minor as Tyler Myers pinched in and tacked in a shot that took a strong bounce off the boards behind the net. The goal marks Myer's seventh goal of the season.
BOYCHUK CALLED FOR SLASHING: Blueliner Johnny Boychuk was whistled for slashing at 53 seconds into the second period, putting the Black & Gold on the PK for the second time tonight. The Bruins PK pressure this go-around was on point, quickly disabling any momentum generated by the Sabres during their man-advantage to kill of the penalty unscathed.
8:23 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, BUF 1
SODERBERG SETS UP KELLY: With 9:13 to go in the first period Carl Soderberg sent a very slick backhanded pass from behind the net to Chris Kelly positioned out front Buffalo's crease. Kelly collected the pass and picked the top corner past Enroth to tie the game up. The goal marks Kelly's fifth goal of the season with Soderberg earning his 22nd assist and Bartkowski netting his 11th helper of the year. Great puck all around puck movement on the play along with a strong forecheck deep in the Buffalo zone by all three forwards.
BRUINS GO ON THE PP: With 14:41 to go in the first period, John Scott was called for tripping on Chris Kelly, yielding a two-minute power play for the Bruins. The Bruins' best opportunity came when Loui Eriksson found the puck in the high slot before unleashing a wrister that was blocked by Henrik Tallinder, who stayed with Eriksson on the play. The Sabres weathered the Bruins first power play of the game to keep the Black & Gold scoreless with more than half a period to go in the first.
SABRES TAKE 1-0 LEAD: Not long after the penalty expired to the Bruins for too many men in the ice (see below), the Buffalo Sabres took a 1-0 lead when Zemgus Girgensons sent a wrist shot past Chad Johnson at 3:32 into the first period. The goal was assisted by Brian Flynn (5) and Jamie McBain (8).
B'S CALLED FOR TOO MANY MEN: At the 18:44 mark the Bruins were put on the penalty kill for the first time this evening and was served by Carl Sodeberg. Entering tonight, the B's ranked 10th in the league (83%) going up against the Sabres power play which ranked tied for 24th in the league (14.4%). Ultimately, thhe Bruins PK units were able to kill off the penalty.
7: 00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. BUF
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Johnson (11-12-0, 2.13 GAA, .924 Save %) vs. Enroth (1-12-5, 2.89 GAA, .905 Save %). Johnson is 1-1-0 with a 3.05 GAA and .846 save % in 2 career games against Buffalo. Enroth is 0-4-2 with a 3.85 GAA and .894 save % in five career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS SABRES LIFETIME: The Bruins and Sabres will meet for the 272nd time tonight. The B’s have compiled a 124-109-29-9 record in those matchups and have been barely outscored by Buffalo, 875-874. The Black & Gold are 50-66-15-6 in their 137 lifetime meetings against the Sabres in Boston, with a Buffalo having a scoring advantage of 841-392 in those contests. Boston is 6-3-1 in their last ten games against Buffalo.
BLACK AND GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE: Patrice Bergeron and Team Canada, including Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli, took home the gold medal at this year’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Bergeron finished with two assists and a plus four rating. Loui Eriksson’s Sweden team earned the silver medal and he finished the Olympic Games with three points (2 goals, 1 assist). The bronze medal was awarded to Tuukka Rask and Team Finland. The netminder finished the Olympics with seven goals against in four games played, making 105 saves on 112 shots on goal (.938 save percentage).
CONTINUING PRODUCTION: The line composed of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Jarome Iginla are looking to pick up where they left off before the Olympic break, having combined for 34 points in their last eight NHL games. During that span, Krejci earned three goals and eight assists, Lucic totaled four goals and five assists, while Iginla netted in four goals and 10 assists.
NO BROOM FOR BRUINS: The Sabres are the only team that the Bruins have never swept in a season series. Buffalo is only one of four teams (Minnesota, Montreal, Toronto) which have outscored Boston in their lifetime series as they enter tonight’s game with only a one goal edge.
SABRES NOTEBOOK: Buffalo forward Drew Stafford enters tonight riding a four-game point streak, having recorded 11 points (6-5) during that span…Christian Ehrhoff (3-4) and Tyler Ennis (2-5) each have seven points in their last seven games…Four Sabres represented their country at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia: Henrik Tallinder (Sweden), Jhonas Enroth (Sweden), Ryan Miller (USA) and Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia)…Tallinder and Enroth each earned a silver medal… Buffalo Head coach Ted Nolan was the Head Coach for Team Latvia during the Olympics.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 34-for-167 (20.4%, T-7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 156-for-188 (83%, T-10th NHL)… Sabres power play: 27-for-187 (14.4%, T-24th NHL), Sabres penalty kill: 156-for-188 (82.4%, 13th NHL).