BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Matt D'Agostini and the last-place Buffalo Sabres caught Zdeno Chara and the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins by surprise Wednesday night.
After squandering a 3-1 lead, the Sabres rallied for two goals in the span of 75 seconds to steal away a 5-4 overtime victory. D'Agostini sealed it by outracing a flat-footed Chara to a loose puck and scoring on a partial breakaway 22 seconds into the extra period.
Forcing the turnover at the Bruins' blue line, D'Agostini managed to shift the puck from his forehand to his backhand and slip a shot in under Chad Johnson's pad.
"I could tell (Chara) didn't know I'd be coming up from behind him. I think he just thought he had time to go back and retrieve the puck," D'Agostini said. "I heard their bench screaming. I tried a little sneak attack on him in there, so it was good that I got by him."
Matt Moulson forced overtime by scoring with 53 seconds left in regulation. Brian Flynn had a goal and assist, while Tyler Myers and Zemgus Girgensons also scored for Buffalo.
It was a big win for Sabres backup goalie Jhonas Enroth, who stopped 29 shots and snapped an 0-10-4 skid to improve to 2-12-5 this season.
"That felt very nice to get a win finally again," said Enroth, who also won for the first time in 12 home starts, dating to a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay on April 14 of last season. "I've had these kind of games go against me, so it was nice to have one of these for me."
Chara, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly scored for the Bruins (37-16-5) in their first game after the NHL's two-week Olympic break.
The Sabres (17-34-8) at least had the benefit of having opened the break with a 3-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday night.
The Bruins had been off since a 7-2 win against Ottawa on Feb. 8, and featured five players — including Chara — still dealing with the effects of jetlag after competing at the Sochi Games.
"I thought offensively, I didn't mind our game," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "You score four goals, you should win those kind of games. But certainly, we were definitely rusty defensively."
That was particularly the case on D'Agostini's goal.