BOSTON – The Bruins had been due for a stinker for quite some time after a three-month long hot streak, and that aforementioned odorous effort arrived on Saturday.
The Bruins fell behind and never quite made it all the way back in a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden in a game where they got outworked and outhustled by Buffalo.
The B's never led in the game, and started falling behind after a pretty even, scoreless first period between the two clubs.
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It was Evander Kane that scored on a breakaway first in the second period after taking a long stretch pass from Sam Reinhart after David Pastrnak fanned at a pass attempt from the side boards. Seven minutes later the Sabres doubled their lead when a Nathan Beaulieu point shot deflected off Adam McQuaid right in front of the net, and bounced directly to Scott Wilson for the bang-bang score on Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins fought back a couple of minutes later to get on the board when a Jake DeBrusk rush up the right wing ended with a Ryan Spooner redirection directly in front of the net. But that was it for the Black and Gold as Benoit Pouliot scored a back-breaking transition goal in the final two minutes of the second period.
It was McQuaid that fumbled at a puck this time around, and led way to a Buffalo 3-on-1 with Wilson feeding Pouliot for the sniped insurance strike.
It wasn’t just on the scoreboard either, however, as Buffalo held a 2-to-1 advantage over the Bruins in both the hits and blocked shots categories through the first 40 minutes, and it was too little, too late for the Black and Gold after that point. David Backes scored a late goal with the goalie pulled to get the Bruins to within a single score with 59 seconds to play, but the Black and Gold couldn’t quite push things into overtime.
Rasmus Ristolainen got an empty net, long distance goal with less than 30 seconds left on the clock to ice the game for the Sabres.