Final: Bruins 6, Sabres 2
The Bruins (8-7-0) climbed above .500 for the first time this season with a convincing 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres before a TD Garden sellout crowd of 17,565.
The Bruins extended their winning streak to five consecutive games — outscoring the opposition 30-7 — by erasing a 1-0 first-period deficit with three goals in the second and third periods each.
Tyler Seguin (11) led the way with a pair of goals at 13:29 of the second and 7:11 of the third as the second-year player matched his goal total of a year ago in his first 15 games this season to extend his goal streak to four consecutive games and point streak to six games.
Tim Thomas, back in net after Tuukka Rask backstopped the Bruins to victories over the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers, picked up the win after making 21saves.
Bruins 6, Sabres 2, PPG, 13:20
Marc-Andre Gragnani got one back for the Sabres when he tallied his first goal of the season on a power-play opportunity after Zach Hamill was sent off at 11:50 for roughing.
Bruins 6, Sabres 1, 9:52
What a beating! Bruins continued to pour it on Enroth, who gave up his third goal of the period on Brad Marchand’s severe-angle backhander from the right post at 9:52. Seguin (9) and Chara (11) picked up the assists.
Bruins 5, Sabres 1, 7:11
Just 1:43 after Kelly’s score, Seguin (11) tallied for the second time in the game, converting on Patrice Bergeron’s centering pass.
Bruins 4, Sabres 1, 5:28
Chris Kelly, camped out on the right post, tucked a pretty goalmouth feed from Rich Peverley to beat backup goalie Jhonas Enroth with a backdoor chip to give the Bruins a three-goal lead. It gave Kelly and Peverley each a goal and an assist for the night.
Second intermission: Bruins 3, Sabres 1
Bruins struck for three goals in the second period, the last two by Tyler Seguin (10) and Nathan Horton (5) just 16 seconds apart at 13:29 and 13:45, respectively. Rich Peverley (4) got things going when he tallied the equalizer at 7:40.
Through 15 games, the Bruins have outscored the opposition in the second period, 15-7. The Bruins outshot Buffalo, 10-9, in the second period. Through two periods, shots on goal: Boston 22, Buffalo 16.
The Sabres will start a new goalie in the third period, Jhonas Enroth, in place of Ryan Miller (19 saves), who was not spotted on the Sabres bench at the start of the third period.
Bruins 3, Sabres 1, 13:45
Sixteen seconds after Seguin’s tally, Nathan Horton gave the Bruins a two-goal lead, beating Miller with a goalmouth chip for his fifth goal of the season. Johnny Boychuk (3) and Zdeno Chara (10) were credited with assists.
Bruins 2, Sabres 1, 13:29
Tyler Seguin became the first Bruin to score 10 goals when he potted his 10th on a pretty goalmouth feed by Brad Marchand (6), who started the play with a neutral zone takeaway from Tyler Myers. Seguin how has a four-game goal streak and a six-game streak with a point.
Sabres 1, Bruins 1, 7:40
Rich Peverley tied it when he swooped in from the left wing, leaving Jason Pominvile and Tyler Myers in his contrails, and tucked the puck past Miller — 5-hole — at 7:40. It was Peverley’s fourth goal of the season. Chris Kelley was credited with the helper.
First intermission: Sabres 1, Bruins 0
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller made a 1-0 lead stand, turning away all 12 shots on goal the Bruins put on him, twice getting flattened in the period. Milan Lucic drew a charging minor at 13:12 when steamrolled Miller, who came out of the crease to retrieve a loose puck. Tyler Seguin then crashed into the net as he tried to gather a rebound of Brad Marchand’s shot on goal. Ville Leino drew a hooking minor on the play, but the Bruins, who were 0-for-3 on the man advantage in the period, were unable to capitalize on the power play.
Sabres 1, Bruins 0, 13:12
Milan Lucic put Buffalo on the power play when he was sent off for a charging minor after he flattened Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who ventured well beyond the crease to retrieve a loose puck that had gotten away from Lucic as he broke into the zone after blocking a shot by Vanek.
Sabres 1, Bruins 0, 5:38
Thomas Vanek put Buffalo on the board when he put his own rebound off the inside of Tim Thomas’s right skate. It was Vanek’s 11th goal of the season, snapping Thomas’s shutout streak at 80:34. Thomas’s previous goal allowed was a Jared Cowen tally at 5:04 of the third period of Boston’s 5-3 win over Ottawa Nov. 1. Vanek now has 24-21=45 totals in 41 career games vs. Boston. Jason Pominville was credited with his 14th assist of the season.
Neat moment before the official drop of the puck. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Daron and Lori Jacobs of Pembroke, Mass., the parents of Lt. Charlie Jacobs, who had been stationed in Afghanistan for the past seven months with the 182d Infantry of the Massachusetts National Guard, were surprised by their son’s return from deployment during a pregame ceremonial puck drop.
The Jacobses, no relation to the Bruins ownership family, were at center ice and stunned when their son, with puck in hand, emerged from the Zamboni entrance and walked across the ice to thunderous applause from the Garden. Jacobs met his parents and shared a poignant group hug with them at center ice. They were joined by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Sabres captain Jason Pominville for the ceremonial puck drop.
“I thought we were just out there to be suppporting family members, you know?” Daron Jacobs said. “I didn’t think he’d be showing up — didn’t think about it. And then all of a sudden, the crowd got a ittle bit louder, and I’m trying to look up at the Jumbotron — I see nothing, but I thought, `What’s going on?’ and I listened to the announcement, and they said they had someone who wanted to help us drop the puck.”
Said Charlie Jacobs, who bought the tickets for his parents to attend the game, “It was one of the most exciting moments of my life. I was shaking. My heart was coming out of my chest. It was so unreal. I almost jumped the gun, and they had to hold me back. I saw them walking out there, and I just wanted to see them.”