The Bruins return to beat the Sabers in the OT – Boston Herald

Charlie Coyle scored on a sharp wrist shot 34 seconds into overtime to secure a New York Day 4-3 comeback victory for the Bruins over the Buffalo Sabers at the Garden.

On a line break in the extra session, Brad Marchand fed Coyle and he beat Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen with a nice shot under the crossbar.

With a deficit of two goals to start the third, the Bs got a return of 3:24 from a welcome source. Jake DeBrusk made a strong off-wing rush to the net, which goalkeeper Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped, but he could not control the riposte. Nick Foligno got it on the back hand, carefully measured the space he had over the inclined Luukkonen, and lifted his long-awaited first goal like a Bruin up on the top shelf.

The good moods did not end there. Taylor Hall, who had not scored a 5-on-5 goal since the second game of the season, broke out of his own zone on a busy one. When his new center man Erik Haula went into the net, Hall took the puck in the middle of the ice draw on a hard wrist at 4:49.

Whether it was the new forward lines or the fact that they had not played since December – or both – the Bruins got off to a choppy, slow start in the first period and trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Buffalo arrived on the board at 6:33 p.m. After Rasmus Dahlin kept the puck n on the left point. He got it down to Brett Murray, who came from half board and fed Vinnie Hinostroza in the high castle. With Nick Foligno possibly screened out in front, Hinostroza was able to beat Linus Ullmark with a rather long shot from inside the top of the circles.

The Bs got two power-plays in the first 7:07, but could do nothing with them. But eventually the Bs and their new forward units started to create some chances in the second half of the first, where they accumulated a shot advantage of 13-5 in the first period, but they were unable to beat Luukkonen.

Momentum remained in B’s control to start the second period. Straight from the hand, Brad Marchand forced Jeff Skinner to take a hooking penalty on the first shift of the period. Although they did not score on man-advantage, the B’s created enough on it to keep the ball running, and Craig Smith equalized it to 3:47 on an ugly goal.

Smith got off to a slow start to this season, primarily thanks to an unannounced injury, and was given the opportunity to play with Marchand and Patrice Bergeron in coach Bruce Cassidy’s line-up shakeup and so determined to make the most of it. On his third goal of the season, there was nothing complicated about it. He just went to the net and was there at the top of the fold to put the return from the March back and equalize it to 1-1.

But any momentum that the Bs had seemed to disappear on the next shift when Haula, given the plum award of centering Hall and David Pastrnak, took an obvious team penalty in the offensive zone, and the Bs had to go on the killing. They then faced a 46-second 5-on-3 when Tomas Nosek was called to stumble.

The Bs killed both of these situations, but now the Sabers had control of the game and spent more time in the Boston zone. They got their lead back at. 11:32, when they refused to let B’s top line leave the zone before Skinner made them pay for a goal from a rebound.

Then came a backwards goal with 48 seconds left of the second period. With Smith in the box to hook Luukkonen on a rush that produced an open net that Connor Clifton missed, the Sabers’ Alex Tuch gave them a two-goal dent. On a beautiful feed from Peyton Krebs, who like Tuch was acquired in the Jack Eichel trade, Tuch once got a shot over Ullmark’s glove arm, and it became 3-1.

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