The Bruins took a break from blowing third-period leads against bad teams by coming back against a bad team Thursday. Either way, two points is two points.
After allowing the game’s first goals, the Bruins came back to force overtime and eventually take a 3-2 shootout victory over the Sabres as they bounced back from Tuesday’s ugly overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.
Ryan Spooner, who scored his 11th goal of the season during regulation, scored the only goal of the shootout as Tuukka Rask stood tall against all three of Buffalo’s shooters. The victory moved the Bruins into sole possession of third place in the Atlantic Division, as they now trail only the Lightning and Panthers in the division.
The Bruins survived a Patrice Bergeron penalty in overtime that saw Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg play the entire two minutes of 4-on-3, with Seidenberg making a diving save on Ryan O’Reilly with Tuukka Rask recovering from a previous save.
Here are four more things we learned Thursday:
MARCHAND DOES IT HIMSELF
Brad Marchand‘s 23rd goal of the season will surely end up on his highlight reel. Marchand got the puck in the Bruins’ zone at the tail end of a Sabres power play and proceeded to wheel around and skate past four Buffalo players before sending a backhander past Chad Johnson.
Marchand now has eight goals in his last eight games, with last Tuesday’s loss to the Ducks the only game in that span in which he hasn’t scored.
FERRARO MOVES UP AGAIN
For the second straight game, Claude Julien moved Landon Ferraro up to the right wing of David Krejci‘s line in place of David Pastrnak late in the third period.
Pastrnak had a bit of a wonky night, with a mixup between the young forward and Kevan Miller resulting in a goal against. With the Bruins in the offensive zone in the first period, Pastrnak went hard after a loose puck but backed off when a pinching Miller wound up for a slap shot. They both ended up backing off the puck, allowing the Sabres to the take the puck the other way. Shortly after Brian Gionta hit the post, Evander Kane scored to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead.
ERIKSSON RUNNING COLD
Pointing out when Loui Eriksson’s production has dipped is like pointing out when Patrice Bergeron‘s production has dipped: points are only part of the reason they’re star players.
Still, this has been a very good offensive season for the three-zone player and Eriksson hasn’t gone quiet often. With no points on Thursday, however, he now has just one point (an assist) over his last six games. Eriksson has not score a goal in nine games.
POWER PLAY, TOO
In going 0-for-4 on the power play, the Bruins have just two power play goals to show for their last nine games, a span in which they’ve been 2-for-27 on the man advantage.
The Bruins had a power play in overtime as a result of a slashing penalty against Kane, but failed to convert. Patrice Bergeron nearly but the game away during the man advantage but was robbed by Johnson.