For the first time in this young season, the Buffalo Sabres have done something no one else has been able to do, beat the Boston Bruins in regulation.
Boston’s stalwart defense that had kept opponents scoreless in the third period of the first six games was nowhere to be found Thursday night as Buffalo lit the lamp seven times.
After a scoreless first period, Thomas Vanek got things started for the Sabres with the first of his three goals on the night, a one-timer from the left side.
A Boston run of three goals, two by Brad Marchand and one from Rich Peverly, had the Black & Gold up with a comfortable 3-1 lead before the wheels started to fall off the cart.
Untimely penalties at 15:45 saw Bruin’s Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara head to the box for two minutes a piece setting up a 5 on 3 that Buffalo used to climb back into the contest.
Bruin killer Vanek went to work and brought Buffalo to within one with a powerplay goal and followed that up with an assist on Tyler Ennis’ tally to knot the score 3-3.
Early in the third stanza, the B’s David Krejci gave Boston a short-lived 4-3 lead. Less than a minute later Alexander Sulzer tied it up at four with a wrister from the top of the left circle. Once again it was Vanek time as the one man wrecking crew fed Cody Hodgson for the game-winner at 6:54 then added an insurance goal at 18:29 for his hat trick. Jason Pominville finished the night off with an empty netter.
Rask was 25 for 32 and sarcastically commented after the game, “I almost burned my neck out there I think with that lamp lighting up.”
Ryan Miller stopped 38 of 42 ending Buffalo’s four game losing streak.