Sabres rally in 3rd for 4-2 win over Bruins
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Christian Ehrhoff and the Buffalo Sabres haven't had much success this season, but they can claim one thing: They know how to beat the Boston Bruins.
Ehrhoff scored the game-winner with 10:58 remaining and the Sabres rallied for three goals in the third period of a 4-2 victory over the Bruins on Friday night.
Both of the Bruins' losses in regulation have come against Buffalo (6-8-1). The Sabres, who have won only four of their last 13 games, also won 7-4 in Boston on Jan. 31.
"They are a great hockey team," said Ehrhoff, who also assisted on Cody Hodgson's insurance goal with 8:15 left. "We were the better team in the third. As much as they outplayed us in the first couple of periods, we came out and played our game and turned the game around."
Ehrhoff fired a wrister from the slot over goalie Anton Khudobin, who anticipated a low shot and went down early. Hodgson scored less than 3 minutes later when he tipped in a pass from Tyler Myers.
Myers began the comeback 2 minutes into the third period, tying the game at 2 by backhanding in a rebound after Khudobin stoned Jochen Hecht on a 2-on-1 break.
The goals completed a stirring comeback for Buffalo, which trailed 2-1 going into the third. Entering the game, Boston (8-2-2) had outscored its opponents 15-5 in the final period this season.
"We got a couple of good shifts in early in the third period," Ehrhoff said. "We rode from there, like a snowball effect. Everybody seemed to make plays all of a sudden that weren't working in the second."
Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller described the importance of beating Boston, one of the front-runners in the Eastern Conference race.
"It's important for us to get points, but we recognize the rivalry and I know the guys recognize this as a measuring stick," said Miller, who made 30 saves. "We go on the ice, we want to prove we belong."
Drew Stafford also scored for Buffalo, which snapped a two-game skid and won for the third time in eight games.
Dougie Hamilton scored his first NHL goal and added an assist for Boston, which failed to earn a point for only the second time in 12 games. Rich Peverley also scored for the Bruins. Khudobin stopped 22 shots.
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