The Buffalo Sabres scored the first and last goals of regulation, but were still tied after 60 minutes with the Boston Bruins. After a scoreless overtime, it was the Bruins ending things in a shootout, 3-2, at TD Garden to beat the Sabres.
The Sabres opened the scoring less than two minutes into the night, when Colin Miller's point shot got in behind Jeremy Swayman. It was Miller's fourth goal of the season, and assisting on the play was newest Sabres forward Anders Bjork.
The Bruins tied things up later in the first period when veteran center David Krejci deposited a rebound past Dustin Tokarski.
Tokarski was thrust into action after starter Linus Ullmark exited just minutes into the game. Ullmark was slow to get up after making a save, and would not return.
Boston took their first lead of the night five-and-a-half minutes into the second period, when forward Craig Smith's ninth goal of the campaign beat Tokarski from the right circle.
With about 12 minutes gone in the final period of regulation, Rasmus Dahlin gave himself a fantastic 21st birthday present. The defenseman's slick moves and slapshot evened the score at 2-2.
Dahlin's fourth goal of the season capped the scoring in regulation, as the teams headed to overtime having still solved nothing.
Neither team scored in the extra frame, but Boston did twice in the shootout. It only took two rounds to settle things, as the Bruins got goals from Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk, while Victor Olofsson and Tage Thompson were stopped.
Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:
1.) Craig Smith - BOS
2.) Jake DeBrusk - BOS
3.) Charlie Coyle - BOS
The blue and gold travel to Washington, D.C. to battle the Capitals on Thursday night. Puck drop at Capital One Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show with Mike Schopp starting at 6 p.m. ET on the radio home of the Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.