Shots on Goal: Bruins defeat Sabres, 2-1 in OT
The Boston Bruins ended their home-and-home series with the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night in dramatic fashion with a Brad Marchand penalty shot to seal the 2-1 victory.
The Bruins also beat Buffalo Thursday night, 3-2 in a shootout.
Marchand intercepted Rasmus Rustolainen’s pass and started to skate in on a breakaway when Rustolainen dropped his stick and appeared to wrap up Marchand to prevent the scoring opportunity, giving the Bruins leading scorer his penalty shot. This was the first overtime penalty shot goal in Bruins history.
“To be honest, I was so tired so I was just trying to catch my breath going in there,” Marchand said. “So I was trying to read what he was doing and luckily it went in.”
Much to the Sabres, and Lehner’s dismay, a similar type play occurred earlier in the third period when Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg took out Jamie McGinn on a breakaway. Instead of getting awarded a penalty shot, Buffalo went on the power play as Seidenberg went to the box for 2:00 with a tripping call.
“I’m an honest guy. I like both of those refs,” Lehner said referring to Watson and Dave Jackson. “They’re good refs but that was … oh, my God I don’t know what to say even. That’s just embarrassing. I hope he’s embarrassed. I’m embarrassed. It shouldn’t end like that. The disappointing thing is I might get fined or whatever but it’s just embarrassing.”
“That’s what’s disappointing,” Lehner added. “We have McGinn going down and he’s 3 yards ahead of what Marchand was and he’s clipped. He didn’t get anything. Marchand does what he does. It wasn’t even a penalty and he calls it a penalty shot after a game like that.”
Loui Eriksson’s 16th goal of the season had Boston up 1-0 at 12:22 of the first. A David Pastrnak fake from the left circle drew Sabres defenseman Mike Weber and goalie Robin Lehner out of position then sent a slap pass to Eriksson with a wide open net at his disposal.
Sam Reinhart (14) tied the game for Buffalo halfway through the second period. Reinhart was circling around the back of the net and grabbed a rebound from a Jamie McGinn shot and sent it passed Tuukka Rask to even the game 1-1.
Robin Lehner (2-3-1) had a solid night in net with 36 saves including an incredible diving stop on a David Pastrnak wrap-around attempt in the second period.
Tuukka Rask had 37 saves enroute to his 19th victory this season.