Final: Sabres 7, Bruins 4 The Sabres got a hat trick from Thomas Vanek to hand the Bruins their first home loss of the season Tuesday night before a TD Garden crowd of 17,565. Jason Pominville added a late empty-net goal at 19:47.
18:29, 3d period, Sabres 6, Bruins 4: Thomas Vanek puts the game on ice for the Sabres with his third goal of the game, an impressive finish from the goalmouth on a 2-on-0 rush. It was Vanek’s third goal of the game and eighth hat trick of his career.
11:56, 3d period, Bruins, PENALTY: Dennis Seidenberg, 2 minutes, tripping: The man advantage was lost for the Bruins when Seidenberg drew a critical minor.
11:25, 3d period, Sabres, PENALTY: Tyler Myers, 4 minutes, high-sticking: The Bruins gained a huge opportunity on the man advantage when Myers was sent off for a double minor.
6:54, 3d period, Sabres 5, Bruins 4: Sabres wrested the lead away on Cody Hodgson’s fourth goal of the season. Thomas Vanek set up go-ahead goal with his hard cross-ice pass, leaving the backdoor wide open on the left post for Hodgson. It gave Vanek four points on the night (2 goals, 2 assists).
2:28, 3rd period, Bruins 4, Sabres 4: Buffalo wasted little time in responding when Alexander Sulzer tallied his first goal of the season to tie it. Sulzer let rip of a shot from the right circle to beat Rask. Mikhail Grigorenko earned the first NHL assist of his career while Jochen Hecht was credited with his first helper of the season.
1:45, 3rd period, Bruins 4, Sabres 3: David Krejci scored his second goal of the season, a pretty one at that, as he came gliding in from the left wing. He stick-handled past a sliding Jordan Leopold and beat Ryan Miller with a wrister from the slot.
End of 2d period, Bruins 3, Sabres 3
18:19, 2d period, Bruins 3, Sabres 3: Tyler Ennis recorded his second goal of the season on a backdoor swat that beat Tuukka Rask. Vanek, who was getting jostled from behind by Andrew Ference, relayed a pass from the left boards by Macus Foligno to Ennis for the tying goal.
16:46, 2d period, Bruins 3, Sabres 2, PPG:With one-minute left in the two-man advantage after Zdeno Chara (holding) and Milan Lucic (boarding) were sent off at 15:45, Thomas Vanek camped out in front of the Bruins net and tallied a PPG on a re-direct of Christian Ehrhoff’s centering pass from the right wing.
10:54, 2d period, Bruins 3, Sabres 1: John Scott may have landed an early haymaker on Shawn Thornton, but Brad Marchand, the Little Ball of Hate, responded in kind by landing yet another body blow on the Sabres and their shell-shocked goaltender, Ryan Miller. Marchand scored his second goal of the period, second of the night, and fifth of the season. when he beat Miller 5-hole after converting Patrice Bergeron’s pass to the top of the slot with a hard slapper from the point.Tyler Seguin, who did some nifty work in the dirty area, was credited with a helper as well.
7:43, 2d period, Bruins 2, Sabres 1: Nine seconds after the Bruins killed off a Rich Peverley cross-checking minor, Brad Marchand made the Sabres pay by swooping in off the left wing and zipping past defenseman Tyler Myers and stick-handling past Jordan Leopold to beat Miller with a severe-angle backhander. Credit Patrice Bergeron with his third assist of the season.
5:12, 2d period, Sabres 1, Bruins 1: Rich Peverley tallied the tying goal when he scored his first of the season on a hustling retrieval of a loose puck that hovered in the slot after Daniel Paille’s goalmouth whack was turned away by Ryan Miller. Peverley came up with the puck and roofed it past Miller.
1:38, 2d period, Sabres 1, Bruins 0: Jason Pominville’s neutral-zone strip of Zdeno Chara led to an outlet to Cody Hodgson, who made a crisp cross-ice pass to Thomas Vanek, who one-timed it from the left circle for his fourth goal of the season.
End of 1st period: Bruins 0, Sabres 0
The Bruins put 14 shots on goal against Buffalo’s netminder Ryan Miller, but none seemed to find its mark. Sabres’ gargantuan tough guy John Scott (tale of the tape: 6-8, 270 pounds) landed several shots in a savage pummeling of Shawn Thornton at 2:53, which staggered the Bruins’ enforcer. Thornton wobbled to the penalty box and did not return to the game after serving the team’s first fighting major of the season.
15:36, 1st, PENALTY: Sabres, J. Scott, elbowing: Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power play in the first period after failing to capitalize on a prime opportunity. The Sabres are now 2-for-2 on the penalty kill for the game and 22 for 27 for the season.
8:29, 1st period, PENALTY: Sabres, J. Leopold, slashing: Bruins went on the power play for the first time in the game when Leopold was sent off for slashing. The Bruins had several chances against Ryan Miller, including one by Milan Lucic, whose goalmouth whack was smothered by the Sabres’ netminder.
2:53 1st period, 0-0: Shawn Thornton vs. John Scott. As one-sided as you’ll see in a Thornton fight. Scott got the grab right away, used his reach, and dropped Thornton with a flurry of rights.