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Sabres 3, Bruins 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Boston Bruins 2, Buffalo Sabres 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Thomas Vanek scored the decisive shootout goal and Ryan Miller stopped four of five chances to cap the Buffalo Sabres' come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Drew Stafford and Clarke MacArthur scored in regulation in helping Buffalo improve to 5-0-1.

After Stafford and Boston's David Krejci traded shootout goals, Vanek scored with a nifty move. Driving to the net, he faked a shot and let the puck float at his skates for a second, before beating Manny Fernandez on the glove side.

The game ended when Marc Savard failed on his attempt to force a sixth round of the shootout when the puck rolled off his stick while making a move in front of Miller.

Dennis Wideman and Phil Kessel scored in regulation for the Bruins, who were coming off a 2-1 shootout loss against Pittsburgh on Monday.

Miller, who improved to 4-0 on the season, stopped 30 shots through 65 minutes, and keeping the Sabres in a game in which they were outplayed in the early going.

With 27 seconds left in overtime, Miller reached back with his stick to stop Marco Sturm's attempt to get around the goalie on the short side. Midway through the third period, Miller made a big glove save, snapping his arm up in time to rob Krejci's attempt to convert a rebound from the right circle.

Early in the second period, Miller made his most acrobatic save by first stopping Kessel's shot from the right circle and then diving back across the crease and getting his stick down to block Savard's chance from in close. A minute later, Miller kicked out his right pad to foil Blake Wheeler's shot from the slot.

The Sabres were outshot 14-2 when Wideman scored 11 minutes in. The defenseman got to a loose puck in the high slot and snapped a shot through a crowd that sneaked in inside the left post.

Kessel then scored a power-play goal - the first Buffalo allowed in 27 penalty kills - on a transition rush. Set up by Milan Lucic atop the right circle, Kessel took a few steps in and snapped a low shot off the left post eight minutes into the second period.

After MaCarthur scored late in the second period, Stafford tied it six minutes into the third. Getting the puck on the left wing, Stafford faked driving inside and instead drove deep to get around Wideman, before cutting to the net and beating Fernandez on the glove side.

Notes: Vanek, who entered the game with an NHL-leading seven goals, had a five-game goal streak snapped. ... The two teams split their series last year at 2-2-2. Buffalo held an edge in goals 18-17. ... The Sabres streak of not allowing a power-play goal ended at 26, tying Dallas in 2001 for fourth-longest to start a season since 1989, according to STATS.
Boston 1 1 0 0-2
Buffalo 0 1 1 0-3

First Period-1, Boston, Wideman 1, 10:57.

Second Period-2, Boston, Kessel 6 (Lucic, Bergeron), 11:48 (pp). 3, Buffalo, MacArthur 3 (Rivet, Afinogenov), 13:33 (pp).

Third Period-4, Buffalo, Stafford 1 (Roy, Spacek), 5:48.


Shootout-Boston 1 (Kessel NG, Bergeron NG, Krejci G, Chara NG, Savard NG), Buffalo 2 (Kotalik NG, Stafford G, Roy NG, Pominville NG, Vanek G).

Shots on Goal-Boston 16-10-5-1-32. Buffalo 6-12-9-3-30.

Goalies-Boston, Fernandez. Buffalo, Miller. A-18,334 (18,690). T-2:31.

scoring summary
1st Period
Dennis Wideman (1) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
PPG - Phil Kessel (6) ASST: Milan Lucic (2), Patrice Bergeron (5)
2 - 0 BOS
PPG - Clarke MacArthur (3) ASST: Craig Rivet (3), Maxim Afinogenov (4)
2 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
Drew Stafford (1) ASST: Derek Roy (3), Jaroslav Spacek (3)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1A. KotalikP. Kessel
2D. StaffordP. Bergeron
3D. RoyD. Krejci
4J. PominvilleZ. Chara
5T. VanekM. Savard
penalty summary
1st Period
Teppo Numminen  Hooking against  Michael Ryder
Andrew Peters  Slashing against  Shawn Thornton
Marco Sturm  Hooking against  Drew Stafford
2nd Period
Drew Stafford  Interference on goalkeeper against  Manny Fernandez
Mark Stuart  Interference against  Ales Kotalik
Marc Savard  Hooking against  Maxim Afinogenov
3rd Period
Adam Mair  Hooking against  Petteri Nokelainen
Maxim Afinogenov  Hi-sticking against  Marc Savard
Stephane Yelle  Tripping against  Maxim Afinogenov
OT Period
Teppo Numminen  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
goalie stats
Manny Fernandez
SA: 30TOI: 64:44
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .933SH: 1 - 1
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 32TOI: 64:44
Saves: 30EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0