BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins continue to struggle with recording regulation wins, as four of the last five games have gone to either overtime or a shootout.
On Sunday, Loui Eriksson's overtime goal at 2:14 gave the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. The Bruins are 2-1-2 in their last five as they're desperately trying to earn much-needed points to secure their place in the playoff race.
After the Bruins' morning skate, coach Claude Julien criticized defenseman Dennis Seidenberg for his inconsistent play this season, but Seidenberg drew a penalty in the first period that led to Boston's first goal of the game.
The Sabres' Tyler Ennis was called for tripping Seidenberg behind the Boston net, and the Bruins had their first power play of the game at 5:15. The Bruins appeared to capitalize quickly, but Reilly Smith had a goal disallowed due to contact with the goalie. Julien was not pleased with the call, but the Bruins responded on the ensuing faceoff when Hamilton scored to give Boston a 1-0 lead at 5:52.
Buffalo tied the game early in the second period when Andrej Meszaros finished off a partial 3-on-1 at 6:06. The Sabres then gained a 2-1 lead when they capitalized on a power play at 14:36 of the second period. Bruins defenseman Torey Krug fanned at his attempt to clear the puck as it ricocheted off his skate and past Rask.
To start the game, Julien had Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Loui Eriksson as the top line, but with the Bruins trailing midway through the second period, Julien tweaked his combinations and reunited Eriksson with Carl Soderberg and Kelly. It worked as Kelly registered the tying goal at 15:36.
Buffalo regained the lead early in the third period when Tim Schaller beat Rask on a wrap-around at 1:27. The tally was the career goal for Schaller, who was playing his third NHL game. He was recalled from Rochester of the AHL earlier in the day.
With time running out, Julien pulled Rask for the extra attacker and Hamilton's shot from the right faceoff circle beat Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth to the top right corner with 1:31 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 3-3.
Eriksson's heroics in overtime gave the Bruins the win.