BUFFALO — After an unexpected day off, the Boston Bruins picked up right where they left off Sunday night.
The Bruins’ winning ways continued Sunday with a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Boston’s scheduled Saturday home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning was postponed due to a blizzard in the Northeast.
Patrice Bergeron scored the winning goal with 12:08 remaining Sunday. Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic also scored for Boston (8-1-1). Goalie Anton Khudobin made 25 saves.
Bergeron’s game-winner came on Boston’s fifth power play of the game. He scored on a wrist shot from inside the left circle on assists from Chris Bourque and Rich Peverley.
Ryan Miller stole a win for the Sabres on Saturday night against the New York Islanders, and he kept Buffalo close against the Bruins. The Sabres goalie was sensational in defeat, finishing with 36 saves. Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal for the Buffalo (5-7-1).
Boston got on the board 7:10 into the second period on Marchand’s wrist shot from inside the left circle. Nathan Horton acted as a screen in front of the goalie on the play.
Ennis tied the game at 1-1 with 1:59 remaining in the second period on a pretty pass from Drew Stafford. Stafford, stationed along the right boards, rifled a pass to Ennis, who was all alone in front of the net. Ennis deked to his forehand and put the puck in the open net with Khudobin down and out.
Lucic’s empty-net goal with 49 seconds to play sealed the outcome.
The Bruins were in control for much of the game, even though the score was tight. Boston outshot Buffalo 39-26.
Boston successfully killed off all three Buffalo power plays, while the Bruins converted only on their fifth and final try with the man-advantage. Mike Weber was serving a penalty for delay of game when Bergeron broke the third-period tie.
NOTES: Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr returned to the lineup after missing seven games with a lower-body injury. … Tyler Myers, T.J. Brennan and first-round pick Mikhail Grigorenko were scratched for the Sabres. It was Grigorenko’s first time as a healthy scratch. … Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif were scratched for the Bruins. … This was the second of five meetings between the two teams this season. Buffalo won the first meeting 7-4 on Jan. 31 in Boston. … The Sabres lead the teams’ all-time series 115-110-40.
Red Wings 3, Kings 2: Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson scored with 4.5 seconds remaining in the third period and former UMaine standout Jimmy Howard turned aside 45 shots — including all 23 in the second — as host Detroit won its third straight game.
Rookie Damien Brunner scored his team-leading sixth goal, Pavel Datsyuk also tallied and captain Henrik Zetterberg notched a pair of assists for the second straight contest to push his point total 18. The Red Wings have outscored their foes by a 10-4 margin during their winning streak.
Defenseman Alec Martinez leveled the contest at 2-2 with 52.8 seconds remaining in the third period. Anze Kopitar also scored and Jonathan Quick finished with 28 saves for the Kings, who have dropped four of their last five contests (1-4-0).
After Martinez forged a tie by backhanding the puck just inside the right post, Ericsson netted the winner in the waning moments. The Detroit defenseman blasted a shot from the right point which squeezed between the pads of Quick and just trickled over the goal line for his second goal of the season.
Datsyuk opened the scoring at 5:44 of the first period by snapping a shot under the crossbar. After Brunner doubled the advantage with a blistering shot from the right faceoff circle, Kopitar trimmed the deficit with 41 seconds left in the first after cleaning up a rebound on the doorstep.
Rangers 5, Lightning 1: Carl Hagelin scored twice and added an assist as New York seized a three-goal lead midway through the game and defeated visiting Tampa Bay to rise above the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Rick Nash added a goal and an assist while captain Ryan Callahan and Arron Asham also tallied for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves for New York (6-5-0), which has won five of its last seven games.
Captain Vincent Lecavalier had the only goal for the Lightning, who have dropped four straight after a 6-1-0 start. Anders Lindback made 11 saves in relief of Mathieu Garon, who allowed three goals on 19 shots.
Hagelin, who also had a goal in a 3-2 win at Tampa Bay on Feb. 2, opened the scoring 31 seconds into the contest on a double deflection in front. Callahan extended the lead to 2-0 at 15:13, stealing a cross-ice pass by Lightning defenseman Matt Carle and going in alone to beat Garon.
After another Lightning turnover, Hagelin accepted a feed from defenseman Marc Staal and beat Garon from the left faceoff circle 9:58 into the second session. Lecavalier pulled Tampa Bay within 3-1, popping in the rebound of blue-liner Victor Hedman’s shot from the left point at 14:42.