The Boston Bruins fell to the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night, 5-4, in overtime. In their first game back from the Sochi Winter Olympic hiatus, Boston came out of the gates flat, before turning it on and nearly securing two points. Buffalo stole the game from Boston in a matter of seconds.
Matt Moulson tied the game for Buffalo in the game’s final seconds to force extra time. Matt D’Agostini then scored just seconds into the overtime period to give the Sabres their second win in as many nights. Goalie Jonas Enroth was tested many times over. He notched 29 saves in the win.
The Bruins appeared sluggish and out of sorts at the onset of the tilt and understandably so. Having not skated in agame action as a unit in weeks, the Bruins didn’t find their game until the second period.
Trailing 3-1 in the second, Zdeno Chara scored his 14th goal of the season on the powerplay to cut into the lead. Brad Marchand added his 20th goal of the season prior to the end of period two. Each side headed for the final frame tied at three.
Boston took a 4-3 lead in the third via a power play goal off the stick of Milan Lucic. It marked Lucic’s 18th tally of the season. The Bruins controlled play for the majority of the period and appeared destined to close out Buffalo in regulation.
Chris Kelly had a strong game for the Bruins. Kelly scored his fifth goal of the season in the first period. He also broke in on goal with a pair of short-handed bids, but he was denied. Nonetheless, the winger was active and around the puck all night.
Both Lucic and Jarome Iginla extended their point-streaks to five games in the loss. Iginla recorded his 27th assist on the Lucic goal.
The Bruins will have some time to think about the defeat and rectify their miscues, as they won’t return to action until Saturday. Boston will host the Washington Capitals in an afternoon matinee.