Buffalo at Boston

Chara, Kobasew score two each, help Bruins rally past Sabres

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- A slow start did not stop the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

The Bruins overcame an early 4-2 deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 7-4. It was Boston's sixth consecutive victory at home.

Zdeno Chara and Chuck Kobasew each scored two goals, Marc Savard had a goal and three assists to lead the Bruins.

"We got ourselves in trouble early and that is uncharacteristic of our team to give up those kinds of opportunities," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Throughout the course of an 82-game season there will be some ugly wins, but we will take them any way we can get them."

The Bruins won for the seventh time in the past eight games and their last regulation loss was Oct. 30 in Calgary.

After falling behind 4-2 with 7:23 remaining in the first period, the Bruins scored five unanswered goals. Savard figured in on four of them, giving him 600 points in his career.

"The shifts after Buffalo scored and getting those goals back were huge," Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said.

Savard closed the gap to 4-3 before the end of the first period, and Chara scored a pair of power-play goals sandwiched around Kobasew's second of the game as the Bruins took a 6-4 lead after two.

"We did a lot of good things in the first period, but we had some individuals make some bad mistakes," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "If we cough up the puck and take bad penalties, we aren't going to beat anybody."

Kobasew seemed to deflate Buffalo when he scored a bizarre goal from behind the Sabres net. His shot hit off the back of goalie Ryan Miller's leg for Boston's first lead of the night.

"I just got lucky," Kobasew said. "I try it once in a while and if it works, it works. ... if not, you hope it bounces to a teammate."

Buffalo has dropped three straight and four of five. Miller allowed seven goals on 20 shots.

Miller and Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez struggled early, with Buffalo jumping to a 4-3 lead in the first 13:08.

Jason Pominville, who also added two assists, gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead when he hit a backhand shot over the left shoulder of Fernandez 1:41 into the first period.

"Maybe we are thinking too much about what the other team is going to do," Pominville said. "We can't give up goals the way we did and hand them those kinds of opportunities."

Kobasew briefly tied the game a little more than a minute later, but Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek scored goals 29 seconds apart to give the Sabres a 3-1 lead 4:58 into the game.

David Krejci responded 30 seconds later to cut Boston's deficit to 3-2, but Vanek notched his second goal of the night to give the Sabres a 4-2 lead with 7:23 remaining in the period.

Vanek has 15 goals after beginning the night tied for the league lead with Washington's Alexander Semin.

Patrick Lalime relieved Miller after Phil Kessel gave the Bruins a 7-4 lead 1:16 into the third period.

Notes

  • Bruins forward Marco Sturm missed the game with an upper-body injury.
  • Miller has allowed 13 goals in the past two games.
  • Bergeron scored his 200th NHL point with his first of two second-period assists.
  • Krejci and Matt Hunwick each had a pair of assists for the Bruins.
  • Pominville has scored goals in four straight.
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Zdeno Chara has two reasons to be pumped: his two goals scored in the second period. (Getty Images)
Zdeno Chara has two reasons to be pumped: his two goals scored in the second period. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Buffalo (9-6-3)4004
Boston  (12-3-4) «3317
Three Stars
M. Savard
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
Z. Chara
BOS


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
D. Krejci
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:41Jason Pominville (8), Backhand Shot. Assist: Vanek, Rivet
02:59Chuck Kobasew (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Krejci, Wheeler
04:29Derek Roy (3), Tip-In. Assist: Lydman, Stafford
04:58Thomas Vanek (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Pominville, Hecht
05:38David Krejci (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hnidy
12:37Power Play - Thomas Vanek (15), Tip-In. Assist: Roy, Pominville
13:08Marc Savard (7), Backhand Shot. Assist: Kessel, Hunwick
2ND PERIOD
02:37Power Play - Zdeno Chara (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Bergeron, Savard
12:31Chuck Kobasew (3), Wrap Shot. Assist: Hunwick, Krejci
17:12Power Play - Zdeno Chara (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Bergeron, Savard
3RD PERIOD
01:16Phil Kessel (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lucic, Savard
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:19Stuart, 2 min, Interference
12:19Stuart, 2 min, Roughing
12:19Peters, 2 min, Roughing
15:12Savard, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
01:40MacArthur, 2 min, Interference
03:00Mair, 2 min, Tripping
14:58Gaustad, 2 min, Diving/Embellishment
14:58Stuart, 2 min, Cross-Checking
17:02Mair, 2 min, Tripping
17:49Peters, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
04:19Roy, 2 min, Hooking
09:41Hunwick, 2 min, Tripping
14:32Pominville, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
Buffalo148729
Boston712423
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Patrick Lalime18:4430
Ryan Miller41:15137
Manny Fernandez59:42254
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Buffalo1-for-3
Boston2-for-6
Game Information
Attendance - 15623
Referees - Dave Jackson, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Derek Nansen
 
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