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Sabres knock off Bruins in overtime

Timothy T. Ludwig | USA Today Sports
Timothy T. Ludwig | USA Today Sports
Boston Bruins goalie Chad Johnson (30) dives to clear the puck during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center Wednesday night.
By Mark Ludwiczak, The Sports Xchange

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Right winger Matt D’Agostini scored 22 seconds into overtime, giving the Buffalo Sabres a 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins Wednesday night.

D’Agostini raced past Boston captain Zdeno Chara on a partial breakaway and beat Bruins goalie Chad Johnson with a backhand deke on the winning goal. He scored unassisted.

D’Agostini’s game-winner came after Sabres left winger Matt Moulson tied the score at 4 with 52.3 seconds remaining in regulation.

Center Zemgus Girgensons, defenseman Tyler Myers and center Brian Flynn also scored for the Sabres (17-34-8). Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves.

Center Chris Kelly, defenseman Zdeno Chara and left wingers Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins, who erased a two-goal deficit in the second period only to falter late. Johnson had 21 saves.

Moulson tied the game on a terrific effort in the final minute of regulation. After trying to feed left winger Ville Leino in the Boston crease, the puck deflected off Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk and came back to Moulson, who fired the puck into the net for his 16th goal of the season.

Lucic ended a frantic sequence of events in the Buffalo end to give Boston a 4-3 lead midway through the third. After the Sabres turned away several chances from defenseman Torey Krug, Chara found Lucic open on the left point. With Enroth out of position due to Boston’s pressure, Lucic hammered a slap shot into the top corner of the net for his 18th goal of the year.

The Sabres opened up a two-goal lead by scoring twice in a span of 2:45 in the second period, but the advantage didn’t last long.

Myers put Buffalo on top 2-1 on the power play at 6:25 after burying a rebound opportunity to the right of the Boston net. Flynn made it 3-1 at 9:10 off a wrist shot in the slot.

The Bruins (37-16-5) quickly came back, however, and picked up momentum following Flynn’s goal. Girgensons took a hooking penalty moments after the Sabres went up 3-1, and Boston made Buffalo pay when Chara slammed home a loose puck in the crease at 11:01.

Marchand made it 3-3 before the period was over by beating Enroth with a wrist shot to the blocker side. Following a turnover by Buffalo enforcer John Scott — who recently moved from forward to defense — right winger Reilly Smith found Marchand in the slot, and Marchand buried his chance with 2:14 left in the second.

Girgensons opened the scoring 3:22 into the first period. Kelly tied it at 1 10:47 on a terrific wrist shot high to the glove side.

NOTES: C Tyler Ennis and C Zenon Konopka were scratched for the Sabres. Ennis played Tuesday in Buffalo’s 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes but was sore Wednesday. … The Bruins scratched G Tuukka Rask, RW Jordan Caron and D Adam McQuaid. … This was the fourth of five meetings between the two teams this season. The final meeting will take place on April 12 in Boston. The Bruins won two of the previous three meetings. The Sabres are the only team that Boston has never swept in a season series.

Red Wings 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)

MONTREAL — Detroit right winger Gustav Nyqvist scored 4:32 into overtime to give the Red Wings a 2-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Nyqvist scored his 15th goal into an open left side with 27.3 seconds left in the extra period after Detroit blew a 1-0 lead late in regulation.

Montreal right winger Brian Gionta scored the tying goal with 28.7 seconds remaining in the third. The Canadiens captain put a backhand shot past Jimmy Howard to ruin the Detroit goaltender’s shutout bid with Montreal goalie Peter Budaj pulled for an extra attacker.

Detroit left winger Todd Bertuzzi scored his first goal since Dec. 10 in the first. His seventh goal of the season came on a power play 14:01 into the opening period in his first game since Jan. 22.

Bertuzzi was a healthy scratch in Detroit’s eight games prior to the Olympic break after recording one point in 18 games subsequent to his previous goal.

The teams played two minutes of 3-on-3 in overtime after Red Wings left winger Tomas Tatar was called for hooking and Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban was sent off for diving at 1:51.

Howard, who faced 16 shots before Gionta scored, was a member of the United States men’s Olympic team but did not see any action in Sochi. He made 19 overall.

Budaj made 28 saves. Budaj, who played for Slovakia and made one relief appearance in Sochi, started in place of Canadian gold medal winner Carey Price, who aggravated a lower-body injury during the Olympics.

The Canadiens ended the three-game winning streak they took into the Olympic break on a 5-1-1 run.

Detroit, which lost its final game before the break following a 3-0-1 run, won the first two of four games against its new Atlantic Division rival, closed to within five points of Montreal.

Subban, who played one game for Canada in Sochi, was called for roughing 13 minutes into the first period. Late in a Montreal power play, Subban shoved Detroit center Darren Helm while he was on the ice after the two collided following a race for the puck in the Red Wings’ zone.

Bertuzzi scored on the ensuing power play on a setup from behind the net by left winger Johan Franzen.

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