The Bruins took a small step in the right direction towards consistency, beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in tonight’s contest.
Forward Seth Griffith and defenseman Zach Trotman were tonight’s healthy scratches. Tuukka Rask started in net for the Bruins, with Jhonas Enroth in net for the Sabres.
The Bruins went on the power play 5:15 into the first as Tyler Ennis sat for tripping. Reilly Smith scored first, but the questionable ruling on the ice was “no goal” due to goalie interference. Shortly after, Dougie Hamilton found the back of the net to put the B’s up 1-0. Defenseman Matt Bartkowski laid a huge hit on Brian Gionta and immediately dropped the gloves with Marcus Foligno. Foligno received a two-minute instigating penalty, a five-minute fighting major, and a ten-minute game misconduct. Bartkowski received a five-minute fighting major, a five-minute major for interference, and a game misconduct that resulted in his ejection from the game. With the penalty minutes issued, the Bruins found themselves short-handed for three minutes, but were able to kill the penalties. The first ended with the B’s still up 1-0.
The B’s came out with a punch to start the second, spending extended amounts of time in their offensive zone. Their effort wasn’t enough, with Andrej Meszaros tying up the game for the Sabres. With 6:53 left in the second, the B’s were put on the PK as Hamilton was called for tripping Ennis. Rasmus Ristolainen gave the Sabres the lead off the power play late in the second, as his shot bounced off Krug and into the goal. Shortly after, Chris Kelly tipped in a shot from Zdeno Chara to tie it up for the B’s. The second period ended with the game still knotted 2-2.
The Sabres opened up the scoring 1:27 into the third, with Tim Schaller potting his first NHL goal to give Buffalo the lead. Hamilton was the hero late in the game, tying the game up with 1:31 left in the third to send the game to OT.