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Now that, my friends, was entertaining playoff hockey!
It doesn’t get much better than Wednesday night’s Game 4 at the Garden, it just doesn’t. The nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat, back-and-forth play by both the Sabres and Bruins had casual fans riveted, had die hard fans exhilerated, and I think had Jack Edwards dangerously close to having a sexy kind of accident in his pants.
Game 4 didn’t start out well for the hometown hockey squad, falling behind early, giving up the first goal to Buffalo for the fourth straight game, as Tim Kennedy took a Tyler Ennis feed and lit the lamp in the game’s third minute. Ex-Bruin Steve Montador sent a slapper from the corner into traffic, beating Tuukka Rask in the second period to give the Sabres a two-goal advantage, sending Bruins fans into a short-lived state of depression.
But then, the comeback was on.
As the third period began, momentum swung in Boston’s direction. Just nine seconds after Buffalo’s Cody McCormick was called for a questionable goalie interference penalty, David Krejci put one past Ryan Miller from the slot, cutting the deficit in half. Minutes later, Patrice Bergeron evened the score at two, finding a way to tuck the puck past Miller on a bad angle shot.
The rest of the third period was filled with great scoring chances for both teams, forcing Ryan Miller and Tuukka Rask to make some incredible saves at both ends of the ice.
The game was sent to overtime, where one 20-minute session just wouldn’t be enough. The battle waged on into a second overtime, when almost six minutes in, Buffalo was whistled for a boneheaded too many men on the ice penalty, giving Boston the power play chance they needed. With just nine seconds left on the man advantage, ex-Sabre Miroslav Satan proved to be the night’s hero, taking a pretty feed from linemate Michael Ryder and wristing it past Miller for the game-winner. After about 87 minutes of high intensity playoff hockey, the Bruins finally emerged victorious, winning 3-2 and taking a commanding 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.
Rask stopped 35 shots on the night, while also adding an assist on the Satan goal in 2OT. It was the first time since 2002 when a goaltender assisted on a playoff overtime goal, back when former Sabre Dominic Hasek did it for Detroit against Colorado.
Next up in this entertaining series is Game 5, as the teams travel back to Buffalo for Friday night’s next chapter. Boston is 17-1 when leading a series 3-1.