The Boston Bruins couldn’t hold on to a three-goal lead on two separate occasions during Saturday night’s game and the Buffalo Sabres made their comeback in the third period to eventually beat Boston in overtime, 5-4.
Wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored two goals each – but it wasn’t enough as the B’s failed to secure their second-consecutive win on their home ice.
Defenseman Zdeno Chara kept the game at a scoreless tie early in the first period after goalie Anton Khudobin mishandled the puck – but the 6’9” defender made an impressive kick save to bail his team out what could have been an early deficit.
Pastrnak scored the first goal for Boston before Marchand capitalized on some sloppy play from Buffalo and backhanded the puck into the net for the 2-0 lead.
In the second period, Marchand struck again just 37 seconds after the puck dropped and scored his second goal of the game on a wrist shot that that went off the crossbar and into the net.
Sabres right winger Jason Pominville ended Boston’s chance at a shutout about eight minutes later when he beat Khudobin glove side – but Pastrnak put the black and gold up by three goals again before Buffalo center Jack Eichel cut the deficit in half when he netted a goal before the second period ended.
The Sabres were a totally different team in the third period when left winger and Boston’s old friend Benoit Pouliot brought the Sabres within one goal after beating Khudobin before fellow left winger Evander Kane backhanded a loose puck that hit off Boston defender Torey Krug’s leg and found its way into the net for the 4-4 tie with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
Despite both teams going back and forth in the opening minutes of overtime, it was Buffalo who skated off the ice with a win after Khudobin was knocked over in front of his net which allowed center Ryan O’Reilly to score the game-winning goal to complete the comeback for the Sabres.
With the loss, the Bruins fell to 3-3-1 while Buffalo improved to 2-5-2.
Injury update: Defender Adam McQuaid suffered a broken fibula in Thursday night’s win against the Vancouver Canucks. He is expected to miss eight weeks.
Center David Krejci was a late-scratch from the game after participating in pregame warmups. He left Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury. Head coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters he didn’t expect the injury to keep Krejci off the ice long-term.
TWIW’s Three Stars:
3) Tim Schaller: The forward stepped in for the injured Krejci and assisted Pastrnak on his first goal.
2) Brad Marchand: He added two more goals to his season total, tying him with the first star of the game with five goals.
1) David Pastrnak: He scored two more goals tonight, bringing his total to five on the season.
What’s ‘Bruin’ next: The Bruins continue their homestand at the TD Garden on Thursday night when they welcome back old friend Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks to the ice.
Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.