Bruins score 3 unanswered goals in 3rd, beat Sabres 5-2

  • Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with left wing Nick Ritchie (21) and center Sean Kuraly (52) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) scores against Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (1) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Bruins center Curtis Lazar (20) defends against Buffalo Sabres center Sam Reinhart (23) as Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) protects the net during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save against a shot by Buffalo Sabres right wing Victor Olofsson (68) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jacob Bryson (78) vie for the puck as Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (1) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) gathers in the puck as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, left, closes in during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen reacts after giving up a goal to the Boston Bruins during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Boston. The Bruins won 5-2. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) and Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) are separated before they could fight during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

Associated Press
Published: 4/29/2021 10:20:32 PM

BOSTON — David Krejci and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist, and the Boston Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Thursday night.

David Pastrnak scored his 199th career goal for Boston just 1:16 into the game, and Charlie Coyle broke a 2-all tie on a breakaway midway through the third period for his first goal in two months.

Taylor Hall also scored for the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask finished with 29 saves.

The Bruins entered Thursday holding the fourth and final playoff spot for the East Division, took the first of back-to-back games against the last-place Sabres, who fell to 13-31-7.

Casey Mittelstadt and Sam Reinhart scored for the Sabres. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 35 shots, helping keep Buffalo in it until the Bruins closed it out with three unanswered goals in the third.

Reinhart tied it 1:43 into the third with his 23rd goal of the season, but the Sabres couldn’t catch the Bruins again.

Coyle put Boston back up 3-2 on a breakaway 7:58 into the third period. Coyle intercepted a pass in the neutral zone, then slipped between Reinhart and Rasmus Ristolaine for a clean breakaway on Luukkonen.

JUST IN TIME

Krejci’s power-play goal in the final second of the first period barely beat the buzzer. The puck hit the post, bounced off Luukkonen’s hip and redirected into the net. Replays showed the puck made it across the goal line with four-tenths of a second remaining. Reinhart had five seconds left in his penalty for tripping Pastrnak.

LONG TIME

Coyle’s goal was his sixth of the season and ended a 28-game scoring drought, the longest of his career. It was the sixth goal for Coyle and his first since he scored against the New York Rangers on Feb. 28.

LONG WAY

Marchand’s goal was into an empty net after the Sabres pulled Luukkonen for an extra skater. Marchand made a steal deep in his own end, then let go of a wrist shot that got in under the crossbar from the other end of the ice with 1:34 left in the third.

UP NEXT

The Bruins host the Sabres again on Saturday in the eighth and final meeting between the two clubs this season.




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