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Bruins Win Netminder Showdown in OT

Thomas Vanek shoots on Tim Thomas (AP)

A few fluke goals ultimately determined the winner of Tuesday nights’ matchup between the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres.

With arguably two of the NHL’s best goaltenders between the pipes, both teams needed quality shots and good playmaking to come out victorious at the TD Garden. But, the Bruins’ forwards weren’t getting the number of shots they needed to when facing a goaltender as talented as Ryan Miller (.917, 33 saves).

Boston did however top Miller about halfway through the 5-minute overtime period when Mark Recchi tipped in a slapshot by Dennis Siedenberg, which was originally waived off as hitting the crossbar.

Once play stopped – nearly a minute after Recchi’s tip – the goal was reviewed and Recchi was awarded the goal and the Bruins came away with a 3-2 overtime win.

Recchi’s goal came on the powerplay after Buffalo’s Luke Adam was sent to the penalty box for a 4-minute high-sticking penalty, which gave the Bruins a man advantage for the remainder of the overtime period.

The Bruins got on the board first with a goal from Milan Lucic. He received a pass from David Krejci in the right faceoff circle and shot the puck just inside the right post six minutes, 39 seconds left in the first period.

With 7:03 left in the second period, Buffalo tied the game at 1-1 after Adam beat Bruins netminder Tim Thomas (.933, 28 saves) during a scrum in front of the net.

Buffalo took the lead with a third period goal when Thomas Vanek took a shot from the corner that was re-directed off of Thomas’ shoulder.

With 6:21 left in the game, Nathan Horton tied it at 2-2 after Mike Weber turned the puck over in the slot and Horton wristed the puck in the top-shelf.

Game Notes

  • Lucic’s goal marked the end of Miller’s 161:35 shutout streak.
  • Defenseman Mark Stuart suffered an unknown injury during the first period and did not return.
  • The Bruins played in their 4th overtime of the season and are now 1-0 in games decided in the five extra minutes. The Bruins are 0-3 in games decided in a shootout.

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