Second-period quick-hits

BOSTON -- This time it was the Bruins who gained a two-goal lead in this series when Mark Recchi scored a power-play goal (4-on-3) at 1:01 of the second period.

Boston created solid puck movement before Recchi snuck one past Sabres goalie Ryan Miller to give Boston a 2-0 advantage.

Buffalo, however, cut its deficit when Patrick Kaleta scored at 6:34 of the second period. The Bruins’ Dennis Wideman turned the puck over in Boston’s end that resulted in the tic-tac-toe tally for Buffalo.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask came up huge in the second period when he stopped the Sabres’ Thomas Vanek. The Buffalo forward returned to the lineup tonight after missing the last 3 1/2 games due to a high-ankle sprain he suffered in the second period of Game 2. Vanek made a nice move to get around Wideman and got off a point-blank shot on Rask, who was not fooled on the play and made the save with 4:37 remaining in the period.

Boston’s penalty kill came up big once again and killed off a pair of man-advantages. The Bruins are 19-for-19 on the PK this series.