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Bruins blow lead, lose

By MIKE SHALIN
The Sports Xchange

October 22. 2017 2:56AM
Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly (90) looks to pass past four Boston Bruins during the third period of the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 overtime win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON - Ryan O'Reilly scored a spectacular goal with 2:01 left in overtime and the Buffalo Sabres came back from three goals down to stun the Boston Bruins 5-4 on Saturday night.

O'Reilly, who had an earlier assist, did a 360 spin from behind the net, and moved out front and backhanded the winner past Anton Khudobin for his fourth goal of the season - giving Buffalo only its second victory.

The goal was reviewed after Evander Kane made contact with Khudobin, but the replay showed Boston's Torey Krug had pushed Kane into the goaltender.

David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece as the Bruins (3-3-1) built their lead. Pastrnak's second goal of the game and sixth of the season established the three-goal lead 11:22 into the second period but former Boston University star Jack Eichel scored on a rebound later in the period.

The Sabres (2-5-2) poured the pressure on in the third and Benoit Pouliot's first goal with his new team made it 4-3 before Kane tied it with a backhander that slid in off Krug's skate with 2:08 left in regulation.

After totaling 15 shots in the third period, the Sabres outshot the Bruins 6-0 in overtime.

Marchand scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season and has five goals and five assists during a five-game points streak.

Charlie McAvoy, who also played at BU, had two assists for the Bruins, while Jason Pominville had the other Buffalo goal and set up the tying tally for his ninth point in the last seven games.

Robin Lehner made 27 saves in his first win in five starts this season -- the victory raising his career record against the Bruins to 4-10-3.

Khudobin, against starting for Tuukka Rask, made 37 saves but fell to 2-1.

The Bruins swept the Sabres in last year's season series for the first time -- going 4-0-0 and outscoring Buffalo 13-4.

NOTES: Bruins C David Krejci who left Thursday night's Boston win with an upper body injury, skated in warmups but did not play. ... After losing D Adam McQuaid to a broken leg, Boston was also without D Kevan Miller, who arrived at TD Garden his hand in a cast. To replace the pair, D Paul Postma made his Bruins debut and D Rob O'Gara was recalled on an emergency basis for his first game of the season. ... The Sabres, hit hard with injuries on the defense, added Nathan Beaulieu to the list after he suffered an upper body injury Friday night. ... Boston C Riley Nash picked up his 100th NHL poi.


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