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A pair of goals by former Sabre Daniel Paille and 43 saves by the team’s new golden goalie Tuukka Rask helped the B’s earn their second straight win Tuesday night over the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2 in the shootout. The loss marks Buffalo’s fifth straight defeat. Coupled with Ottawa’s win over Calgary, the Sabres now have fallen into a tie atop the Northeast Division with the Sens, at 72 points.
Paille potted his first goal of the night in the fifth minute of the game, wrapping the puck past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller off of a Marc Savard drop pass. Paille gave the B’s yet another early 2-0 lead before the first period’s end, deflecting a Zdeno Chara slapshot by Miller to help Boston to a two-goal advantage they would try to protect.
In the second, the Sabres stormed back, first with a Derek Roy goal on a 5-on-3 situation, cutting the deficit in half. Later in the period, it was the big rookie blue liner Tyler Myers who lit the lamp, tying the game with a long-distance wrister to knot the game at two. The two teams went scoreless in a third period and five-minute overtime period that was highlighted by superior goaltending at both ends by Rask and Miller.
Come shootout time, it was Buffalo’s Jason Pominville who got Buffalo the early advantage. Marco Sturm followed with a goal of his own, tying the contest back up. After two more rounds of scoreless attempts, Boston’s David Krejci sealed the win for the Black and Gold, pushing the puck past Ryan Miller for the game-winner.
Boston has now earned points in five of their last six games, going 2-1-3 during the stretch. They continue their road trip Thursday when they play the first of a pair of games in the Sunshine State, starting in Tampa Bay against the Lightning. They will complete their pre-Olympic schedule Saturday in Sunrise, skating against the Panthers.