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Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  November 20, 2009 07:34 PM

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Bruins win it, 2-1, with 47 seconds gone in OT. Bergeron pulls puck back to Chara on faceoff, then moves to slot for winning tip of Chara's long-range wrister.


Knotted, 1-1, after 60 minutes. Bruins head to OT four fourth time in last five games.

The Bruins are 3-4 in OT this season, and 3-2 in shootouts.

The Sabres are 3-1 in OT, and a perfect 2-0 in shootouts.


Beauty of a kick save by Rask, stoning Kaleta off right wing, with 2:05 left in regulation. Sabres originally break up right wing when Andrew Ference fails to hold zone.

Nice glove stop by Rask, picking off a short wrister by flashy rookie defenseman Tyler Myers with just over 7:00 remaining in regulation.

Midway through third period and still tied, 1-1. If Bruins go to OT, it will be the eighth time in 22 games that they've been tied after 60 minutes.

David Krejci nearly supplies 2-1 lead with dash down left side, deke around ex-Bruin Steve Montador and a tight shot on Ryan Miller with 4:20 gone in the third. Puck comes to rest under Miler.

Second period in the books here at the edge of Lake Erie. All tied, 1-1.

Sabres land only their third shot of period at 16:56. Bruins hold 14-3 advantage to this point in period, and 18-11 after 40 minutes.

10:54 -- Bruins tie it, 1-1. Looch pots a short-range wrister from them left side, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush with Byron Bitz. The two close down the slot and Bitz fires forehander relay cross-slot for Lucic to snap by Miller. Bruins lead shots, 15-10. For Lucic, his first goal of 2009-'10.

Another power play opportunity for Bruins at 7:47. They get more chances (4 shots), but none of them a serious threat to end Miller's shutout bid.

Bruins back on power play at 5:43 when Derek Roy charged with hooking David Krejci. Again, no dice for Bruins, who are outshot, 1-0, while on power play. During last two power plays, Bruins oushot, 3-0.

Bruins show a little more spunk from the outset in the middle period. Bitz lands a short backhander on Miller in the opening minute, with Begin just unable to get to the rebound. Sobotka puts up Boston's seventh shot at 3:20 By 4:30, Bruins hold a 9-8 shot lead, but still trail on scoreboard, 1-0.

First period is wrapped here at HSBC, with Sabres holding a 1-0 lead. Bruins, many of their attempts off net, land only four shots on Ryan Miller. Sabres put eight shots on Tuuka Rask, including a Paul Gaustad tip for a 1-0 lead.

Sabres do a fine job of not allowing Bruins much time to set up in the offensive end. Danny Paille was off net with one good chance. The aptly-named Wideman twice fires wide.

During Boston's second attempt with man advantage, two shots land on net, but both are fired by the Sabres. Tim Connolly squeezes off the best of the pair.


Sabres stifle Boston's first powerplay chance.

Bruins employ second PP unit of Marco Sturm, David Krejci and Michael Ryder, with points manned by Matt Hunwick and Dennis Wideman.

Boston's first-/ujnit power play has Patrice Bergeron centering Mark Recchi and Blake Wheeler, with Zdeno Chara and Derek Morris on points.

6:45 -- Buffalo penalty, Ellis, 2:00 for hooking.

4:20 -- Sabres 1, Bruins 0 -- Parked on doorstep, Paul Guastad provides tip off of Jason Pominville one-time slapper from 10 feeet inside the blue line. PPG for Gaustad, his fifth goal this sesaon.

3:23 -- Bryon Bitz sent off for tripping Patrick Kaleta.

Only 30 seconds into the action, Lucic buries defenseman Henrik Tallinder with a heavy bhit behind the Buffalo net.

Bruins committ first penalty. Bitz off for hooking Kaleta at 3:23.

The Bruins are using the same lines from Thursday's 4-3 win over Atlanta:

Marco Sturm--Patrice Bergeron--Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler--David Krejci--Michael Ryder
Milan Lucic-Steve Begin-Byron Bitz
Shawn Thornton-Vladimir Sobotka-Danny Paille

Coach Claude Julien is rolling with the same defensive pairings:

Zdeno Chara--Derek Morris
Andrew Ference--Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick--Mark Stuart


Tuukka Rask made his third straight start for Boston, opposing US Olympic hopeful Ryan Miller.

Scratched for the Bruins: Johnny Boychuk, Trent Whitfield, Brad Marchand and Marc Savard.

Scratches for Buffalo: ex-BU standout Mike Grier, Nathan Paetsch and Andrej Sekera.

The Sabres, 6-2 losers to the Panthers in their last outing, entered the evening having gone 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) on the power play in their previous three games.

The Bruins hadn't allowed a power-play goal in six straight games prior to yielding one on the PK Thursday night in Atlanta. They entered the night here having killed 28 of their last 29 (96.6 percent) shorthanded situations.

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