BOSTON – Brad Boyes scored 3:44 into overtime and the Buffalo Sabres came back from two deficits to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Thursday night.
The victory put the Sabres in a seventh-place tie with the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference with 74 points and two games in hand. But the Rangers have two more wins.
The Bruins lost their third straight game after winning seven in a row. It was their first since a 4-1 loss in Montreal on Tuesday night in which the Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty sustained a severe concussion and a cracked vertebra when hit by Zdeno Chara. Boston’s captain was penalized but not suspended by the NHL and Montreal police began a criminal investigation Thursday.
Boston goalie Tim Thomas stopped Nathan Gerbe’s shot from 30 feet but lost sight of the puck. Gerbe retrieved it just to the right of Thomas and passed across the crease to an unguarded Boyes, who tapped it in.
Boston squandered leads of 2-0 in the second period and 3-2 in the third.
The Bruins’ Nathan Horton scored midway through the first and Mark Recchi made it 2-0 11 minutes into the second. The Sabres tied it in the last 9 minutes of the second on goals by Tyler Ennis and Thomas Vanek.
Boston went ahead again on Gregory Campbell’s goal at 2:18 of the third, but Tim Connolly tied it less than 3 minutes later.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves in his first game against his former Montreal teammates to help St. Louis beat the Canadiens.
Montreal was playing its first game without left winger Max Pacioretty, out indefinitely with a severe concussion and fractured fourth vertebrae as a result of a check Tuesday night at the hands of Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara. Pacioretty was released from the hospital Thursday.
Andy McDonald had a goal and two assists, Matt D’Agostini added a goal and an assist, David Backes also scored and T.J. Oshie added a short-handed empty-netter. Jeff Halpern scored for Montreal.
TORONTO (AP)—Brian Boucher made 27 saves and Claude Giroux’s second-period goal stood up as the winner in Philadelphia’s victory over Toronto.
Andrej Meszaros and Darroll Powe also scored for Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia, playing without top defenceman Chris Pronger because of an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Mikhail Grabovski and Joffrey Lupul scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have lost three straight, hurting their bid to climb into playoff position.
At a time when questionable hits have dominated discussion around the NHL, referees Mike Leggo and Brian Pochmara came down hard on Toronto defenceman Mike Komisarek. Less than 4 minutes into the game, he was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for shoving Daniel Carcillo into the boards from behind.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Ilya Bryzgalov made 39 saves for his sixth shutout of the season and 22nd overall in Phoenix’s victory over Calgary.
Phoenix moved into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with Calgary and Chicago, winning for the first time in regulation since beating Nashville 3-2 on Feb. 19.
Rookie Brett MacLean scored in the second period, and Eric Belanger added a goal in the third, and captain Shane Doan had an empty-netter with 1:56 remaining.
The Flames lost for only the second time in 12 games.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Defenceman Erik Karlsson scored twice in the final 8:48 for Ottawa and former Florida backup Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots.
Anderson came within 4:13 of his second shutout since being acquired from Colorado on Feb. 18.
Defenceman Clay Wilson scored for Florida.
Early in the third period, Ottawa killed a 5-minute Florida power play after Francis Lessard was given a major and game misconduct for leaving his feet and checking Scott Timmins in the head area.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Cory Schneider made 44 saves and stopped all three of the Sharks’ attempts in the shootout and Alexandre Burrows scored in the second round of the tiebreaker in Vancouver’s wild win.
Burrows, who also scored Vancouver’s first goal of the game, backhanded the puck past Antti Niemi’s glove.
The teams combined for three goals in the final 2:13 of regulation, with San Jose’s Ryane Clowe tying it on a power play with 21 seconds left. He also scored in the second period.
Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist in NHL-leading Vancouver’s fourth straight victory—all on the road.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Pekka Rinne stopped 19 shots for sixth shutout of the season for Nashville and the third of his career against Minnesota.
Nick Spaling scored two goals, and Joel Ward and Martin Erat each had a goal and assist for Nashville in the first game of a five-game homestand.