The Boston Bruins pepperd the Buffalo Sabres with 47 shots on goal on Wednesday night. It was all part of a 5-1 win for the Bruins over Buffalo on Thanksgiving Eve at KeyBank Center.
Kyle Okposo's fifth goal of the season came more than halfway through the opening period to gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead over Boston. The forward used a Bruins defender as a screen and kept his shot low to the ice to beat goalie Jeremy Swayman. Rasmus Asplund was credited with the lone assist on the game's first goal.
Boston answered nearly three minutes later when Aaron Dell and the Sabres could not control a loose puck in front of the goal. It eventually found Patrice Bergeron, and the Bruins captain scored his seventh goal of the year. The score tied the game 1-1 late in the opening period.
Less than a minute later, Charlie Coyle beat Dell over the shoulder to give the Bruins their first lead of the night, 2-1.
The Bruins extended the lead to 3-1 late in the frame when David Patrnak recorded his sixth goal of the year. It was the forward's second point of the night after he recorded the primary assist on Boston's first goal. Mike Reilly then made it 4-1 when he scored on the team's 22nd shot of the period.
John Hayden was awarded a penalty shot opportunity after he was taken to the ice on a partial break away. However, Swayman stopped the chance to keep Boston in front by three goals midway through the middle frame.
Buffalo outshot the Bruins 14-7 in the second period, but failed to cut into their three-goal deficit. Dustin Tokarski replaced Dell in goal to start the period and did not allow any goals on seven shots on goal.