BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Bruins did a much better job in the second period and netted a pair of goals, but still trail the Sabres, 3-2.
Boston started getting more traffic in front of Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller in the second when the Bruins’ Vladimir Sobotka unleashed a one-timer from the high slot. Miller made the initial stop, but the puck trickled over him and was tapped in by Boston’s Michael Ryder for the Bruins’ first goal of the game at 2:35.
Good puck movement resulted in the Bruins’ second goal when a Johnny Boychuk shot from the point was tipped in front by Patrice Bergeron before Zdeno Chara knocked it in from the left faceoff circle to tie the game at 2-2 at 9:54.
HIGHLIGHT SAVE: The Bruins kept pressuring Miller and almost tied it late in the second period but the Buffalo netminder made a tremendous save on Daniel Paille. The Bruins’ forward made a nice move around a Buffalo defender to create a quality scoring chance, but Miller made the save on a backhander attempt.
KEY INJURY: The Sabres lost forward Tomas Vanek late in the first period after he suffered a lower-body injury. Vanek, who assisted on Buffalo’s first goal of the game, was slashed before slamming into the boards with 6:21 remaining in the period.