By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Boston Bruins win streak came to a halt on Saturday as they were taken down by the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 4-2. In what was a scoreless first period, Buffalo's star Jack Eichel went down with what looked like a right leg injury and would be lost for the game. The Sabres were able to respond in a big way though, as they scored three times in the second to propel them to victory.
Bruins star David Pastrnak's mistake cost the team as Sam Reinhart grabbed the puck and found Evander Kane for a clean breakaway. Kane buried the shot and made it 1-0 at about 7:44 into the second period. Just over five minutes later, Buffalo's Scott Wilson added another goal as he snagged a loose puck off of Boston's Adam McQuaid and slipped a shot by Tuukka Rask.
The B's were able to cut the lead in half with a goal by Ryan Spooner but the Sabres answered right back with a one-timer from Wilson to Benoit Pouliot to keep the lead at two. The game stayed at 3-1 until Boston's David Backes scored with 59 seconds left to give the Bruins some life. They would pull the goalie in an attempt to find a way to tie it up, but Rasmus Ristolainen took a shot at the empty net from the other end of the ice to put the game away.
Buffalo had lost four of five and entered with the second fewest points in the league, but they were able to play with a purpose and take advantage of a Bruins team that just looked flat. Rask lost for the first time in regulation since November 26th and he saw his career best games with at least one point streak snapped at 21. This was just the second time in 24 games that the Bruins had failed to register a point. For what it's worth, they seemed very bothered by their own efforts and the loss.
I believe in this Bruins team because of their resolve. After a tough game like that, it's easy to get down but they certainly did not. The B's bounced right back yesterday with a 5-3 win in New Jersey. In the first period, Torey Krug got the shorthanded B's on the board to open the scoring. It was an interesting goal because it came when Nico Hischier tried to clear the puck in the crease and slid it under his own goalie, Eddie Lack, who was playing in just his sixth NHL game this season. The Devils responded with a goal coming from Miles Wood after he came out of the penalty box and got loose on a breakaway. Boston took the lead back with just seconds remaining in the first when Tim Schaller took advantage of an errant pass from Lack to Taylor Hall and shot it right back.
Hall made up for that play very quickly into the second period as Hischier grabbed a bad pass from Boston's Brad Marchand and found the star to tie the game at 2. Krug would take the lead back to Boston again as he scored a power play goal with assists from Spooner and Patrice Bergeron. Like a tug of war, the Devils would pull back again and Kyle Palmieri found the back of the net to make it 3-3 heading into the final period.
This was by no means the best played game by the Bruins, but they were able to step on the gas in the third and add goals from Adam McQuaid and Bergeron to win it. McQuaid got his first of the season and the Bruins improved to 34-12-8. They extended their road point streak to 13 games and their overall road record to 16-5-4. Boston will host the Clagary Flames on Tuesday night.