Buffalo 4, Boston 2
When: 5:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 16, 2018
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Recap for Digital sports Desk by Field Level Media
BOSTON – Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner scored two goals, including the go-ahead tally late in the third period, as the Sabres knocked off the host Boston Bruins 4-2 on Sunday.
Skinner broke a 2-2 tie when he lifted a pass from Jack Eichel for his team-leading 24th goal to give Buffalo its third lead of the game with 3:31 remaining. Eichel put it away with an empty-net marker with 25 seconds left.
Eichel finished with two goals and two assists, Sam Reinhart had three assists — all in the third period — and Rasmus Dahlin posted two helpers for the Sabres, who won for the third straight time in Boston.
Reinhart extended his point streak to 10 games while Skinner and Eichel both stretched their streaks to six games.
Eichel has 13 points in his last six contests and tied Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for most multi-point games this season with 17.
Steven Kampfer and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins, who lost their second straight. Krug hit the post with 90 seconds left and Boston then pulled goalie Tuukka Rask.
Buffalo’s Linus Ullmark stopped 35 shots. Rask made 23 saves.
The best scoring chance in the first period occurred when Boston’s Ryan Donato was held by defenseman Matt Hunwick on a breakaway with three-and-a-half minutes left in the period, creating a penalty shot for the center.
However, Ullmark won the battle with Donato when the Boston forward lost an edge and was unable to sweep in the puck as he was falling down.
Skinner netted his 23rd goal at 3:18 of the second period. Eichel pivoted in the left circle and skated behind Rask before sending a beautiful pass back to the space he had vacated for Skinner’s goal and a 1-0 lead.
Boston answered in exactly two minutes when Joakim Nordstrom skated behind Ullmark and sent a circle-to-circle pass to the charging Kampfer, who beat Ullmark over the goalie’s left shoulder to tie it at 1.
A potential goal by Boston’s Brad Marchand at 11:58 was waved off after a replay determined an official’s whistle sounded before the puck slid over the goal line.
Eichel took a drop-pass from Reinhart in the neutral zone, skated wide of a defenseman and ripped his 13th goal from the right circle for a 2-1 lead at 5:43 of the third period, but Krug tied it with his third goal at 13:21.
–Field Level Media