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Sabres fall to Bruins

Slide continues despite better effort in Boston

 

Although Buffalo opened the night on top with a power-play goal scored by Rasmus Ristolainen at 5:25, just twenty seconds after a penalty to Sean Kuraly for tripping, they quickly lost control.

Ristolainen’s goal (assisted by Victor Olofsson and Jack Eichel) snapped the Sabres power play skid and was his first goal since January of this year.

The Bruins came back and tied the game at 13:52 with a goal scored by Brad Marchand, assisted by David Pastrnak and Zdeno Chara. Shortly after the goal, Sabres Curtis Lazar crashed into the Bruins net causing a fight with Chris Wagner.

Both skaters received 5 minutes for Fighting (Major) and 2 minutes for Roughing. This was the third fight for the Sabres, one per as many games, hoping to gain momentum. Buffalo outshot the Bruins, 17-4, by the end of the period.

In the second period, Marchand scores his second of the game off a rebound, bringing Boston up 2-1 with 5:15 left in the period. Jeff Skinner almost scored with three seconds remaining — he flipped the puck through five-hole of Tuukka Rask, but the puck slid out of the crease and off the post. The Bruins out-shot the Sabres, 14-7.

Boston scored early into the third, 1:56 on the power play by David Pastrnak, his 20th of the season, off the rebound. Rask made an incredible diving save on Evan Rodrigues during Buffalo’s power play.

Brandon Montour sniped from the point to make it 3-2 with 7:02 left in regulation. The goal was not enough though, Boston (14-3-5) would end the evening in victory. Buffalo now extends their losing streak to nine out of their last ten games.

Linus Ullmark made 24 saves after a consecutive game performance for the first time this season. The Sabres (10-9-3) will be heading to the Sunshine State to take on the Florida Panthers on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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