Bruins 3 Sabres 2 2OT: Sabres Blow Two Goal Lead, Fall in Double Overtime

The Buffalo Sabres seemed to have everything going for them and seemed ready to bring the series back to Buffalo wit the knotted at two games apiece. The Bruins had other ideas and scored twice in the third period to tie the game and former Sabre Miro Satan scored the game winner with a power play goal in double overtime. 

Tim Kennedy and Steve Montador gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead with Kennedy scoring the only goal of the first period and Montador the only one in the second. The Sabres never found a way to beat Rask again and the Bruins took advantage.

David Krejci put the Bruins on the board early in the third period with a power play goal that was set up by an awful goalie interference call on Cody McCormick who had an assist in his Buffalo Sabres debut. Miller made the initial save on the play but he allowed a juicy rebound that bounced out to Krejci with a wide open net in front of him.

Boston tied the game on a goal by Patrice Bergeron that beat Ryan Miller from a strange angle. It was goal that Miller usually wouldn't allow but he seemed surprised by the quick shot from a bad angle. Both teams had chances throughout the third period but both goalies were equal to the task setting up the first overtime of the series.

The Sabres earned only their second power play of the game in the first overtime and Tim Connolly thought he won the game on a shot from the point that rang off the crossbar behind Rask. The Bruins killed off the remainder of the power play and had a couple unbelievable chances to win it but Miller made two of the most unbelievable saves he has ever made.

The Bruins came out flying in the second overtime and were eventually awarded a power play after the Sabres took an undisciplined too many men penalty. With the penalty winding down Satan was left all alone in front and wit the puck on his stick he forced Miller to commit and put himself out of position, Satan slid a backhand into the open net to send the series back to Buffalo with the Bruins leading three games to one.

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Final Thoughts

 

  • It looks bleak for the Sabres right now with the series 3-1 in favor of the Boston Bruins. The Sabres are just as capable as the Bruins are to win three games in a row and that has to be the mentality heading into game five on Friday night.
  • While I try to never blame a game on officiating, it is hard not to after this game. The Sabres were in control of the game with a 2-0 lead and a questionable awful call on Cody McCormick led to a Bruins power play and allowed them to close the gap to one goal. Just moments later an equally as questionable awful call was called on Patrick Kaleta for boarding. The Bruins didn't score on that power play but just minutes later Bergeron tied the score. The Sabres still had chances to win the game but the damage was already done.
  • Miller made some Hasek-like saves in the first overtime but its hard not to, at least partially, blame him for all three Boston goals. He could have used some help from his defense as well but he was out of position on at least two of them.
  • Cody McCormick looked pretty good in his Sabres debut but he was less effective as the game wore on. He earned himself an opportunity to play in game five, even if Ellis or Vanek is ready to play.
  • I can't help but wonder how the last two games would have went if Vanek was in the lineup.
  • The biggest story of the game was the Bruins power play. The Sabres penalty killing was great all season but tonight the Bruins scored twice on six chances and they have three power play goal in the series. The Sabres were 0-for-2 and have not scored with the man advantage in the entire series.

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