Sabres 4, Bruins 3:
3:44: Former Bruin Brad Boyes gets the winner for Buffalo, rapping in a rebound at 3:44 of overtime for his 15th goal of the season. Nathan Gerbe carries the puck down ice, shoots, and gets a whack at the rebound from the left side. Boyes rushes in from the right to tap into the open side.
Sabres outshoot Bruins, 45-29.
2:53 – Rich Peverley hits the left post.
Thomas save on Ennis’s sharply angled shot from left boards at 0:59.
Horton, Lucic, and Krejci force a couple of chances in the final minute of regulation but the third period ends, 3-3. Sabres have outshot Bruins, 41-29.
Game has lost a lot of its rhythm after Sabres tied it up.
Sabres, 3-3: Tim Connolly (not Brad Boyes) cashes in the 5 on 3 at 5:05. Looks as if it might have knocked off a skate. Assist to Boyes and Pominville. Buffalo 2 for 7 on the PP.
Calls just aren’t going the Bruins’ way. Sabres have 1:44 of 5 on 3 power play after Recchi takes high sticking penalty at 3:25 and Brad Marchand snagged for trip at 3:42.
Bruins, 3-2: Gregory Campbell gets his 10th goal of the season at 2:18 to lift the B’s. Campbell puts a ricochet of a Chara shot in the slot through Miller’s pads.
Bruins start third with 1:52 of power play, with Chris Butler in the box. Bruins are 0 for 2 on the PP, riding an 0 for 18 skein.
Tyler Ennis brings the Sabres back into the game, scoring one goal to make it 2-1, and setting up another, on the power play, to knot it. The second period ends, 2-2. Sabres have outshot Bruins, 33-22, for the game.
In the final second, some late hitting after the whistle behind Miller in the Buffalo end prompts angry words from Horton to Chris Butler. But it’s Lucic and McCormick who finally get into it, Lucic in control but McCormick holding on to Lucic to avoid the worst.
With 49 seconds remaining, McQuaid and Paul Gaustad start swinging away in the neutral zone, and the kid with the big hair hammers his Sabre opponent in a long bout.
18:56: Sabres collect on this one and it’s 2-2. Nice setup from Ennis, who pops a backhand pass out front from behind the net to Thomas Vanek who flicks a shot at Thomas. The puck drops behind Thomas, who tries to squeeze his skates together to halt the puck’s progress, but it slides across the line. Power-play goal.
But wait, Buffalo gets PP No. 5 after Tomas Kaberle called for tripping (on Mike Grier) at 17:08.
Sabres are now 0 for 4 on PP.
Boychuk draws a penalty for hooking at 14:11 and the Sabre power play gets another chance.
Bruins, 2-1: The dust not yet settled from Recchi’s goal and Tyler Ennis brings the Sabres within one at 11:53, taking advantage of some desperate Bruins defense. With Thomas flat out on the ice, and Seidenberg stretched out on top of him, Ennis lifts the puck into the top left corner for his 15th goal of the season.
Bruins, 2-0: Just after the power play expired, Mark Recchi gives B’s two-goal lead at 11:46. Chara brought the puck down low on the left side and pushed the puck right. Michael Ryder took a crack and the puck bounced back out for Recchi to slam it in.
Between Bruins penalty killers and Thomas’s strong play, Sabres fall flat and then Buffalo called for too many men at 9:17. Thomas had two particularly good saves: on Pominville’s shot from the center point, and a kick save on Brad Boyes’s quick shot from the right circle.
6:54: Chara pushes Steve Montador to the ice in the right corner of the Sabre zone. Montador comes up limping and Chara is called for boarding. No boards involved.
At 7:15, Seidenberg called for cross-checking so the Bruins face a 5-on-3 challenge.
Thomas forced to dive back and forth across his goal to hold off prolonged Sabre charge at the net. When he covers up the puck, there’s a host of pushing and shoving; Adam McQuaid and Mike Grier end up with roughing penalties at 5:43.
Another nice setup by the Krejci line 5 minutes in. This time Horton sets up Lucic with a right to left pass across the goalmouth, but Lucic tips the puck wide.
1:49: Chara blasts a slapshot from the Chipotle sign (on the ice, just outside the Buffalo blue line), that takes a wicked rise as it screams toward the top right corner. Miller gloves the puck and holds on, then glares at his glove. Had to sting.
0:23: Mark Recchi in front of the Sabres’ net, trying repeatedly to jam a backhander past Ryan Miller, but the Buffalo goalie isn’t budging.
Chara not spending his usual amount of time on the ice in the first. He had just 6 minutes 15 seconds, fourth behind Dennis Seidenberg (8:53), Johnny Boychuk (7:25), and Tomas Kaberle (7:11).
End of one. Bruins outshot Sabres, 15-11. Each team had a power play lasting 5 seconds.
Some mad scrambling at both ends of the ice. Ryan Miller makes a good save on Adam McQuaid’s bid from the top of the slot and holds on to get a break in the action.
At 15:01, Thomas makes an athletic save on Jason Pominville, sliding right to left across the goal line to shut down Pominville’s one-timer.
Another sharp save by Thomas at the 8-minute mark, this time on McCormick from about 20 feet out,
Bruins, 1-0: At 8:54, Nathan Horton finishes off a deft passing play for his 19th goal of the season. David Krejci carried the puck over the blue line, slipped a pass to Milan Lucic on the left wing, and Lucic sent the puck back across the goalmouth for Horton’s tip-in at the right post. Lucic and Krejci both with points in four straight games.
Great arm save by Tim Thomas on Jordan Leopold, who picks up loose puck deep in the B’s zone with no defense in sight, and takes a crack at the Boston goal.
6:31 — Bruins’ Shawn Thornton tagged with penalty for interference. Sabres power play is 17.7 percent, 14th in the NHL. But five seconds in, Tyler Myers called for trip (on Brad Marchand) and it’s 4 on 4.
2:54 — Cody McCormick and Greg Cambell square off deep in Buffalo zone. Decision, McCormick.
With less than a minute played, the TD Garden crowd lets Zdeno Chara know what it thinks of his controversial hit in Montreal, chanting “Cha-ra! Cha-ra!”
Puck down, 7:08 p.m.
Seguin is the scratch.
Lineup based on warmups:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Mark Recchi-Chris Kelly-Michael Ryder
Tyler Seguin/Daniel Paille -Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Both Seguin and Paille skated in warmups; Paille joined the line drills with Campbell and Thornton.
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid
Tim Thomas, starter
In goal for Buffalo: Ryan Miller 28-19-7 2.67 goals against average, .914 save percentage.