BOSTON (AP) — Anders Lindback made seven of his 44 saves in overtime, then shut out Boston for three rounds of the shootout as the Buffalo Sabres rallied to beat the Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Lindback stopped Torey Krug on Boston’s last chance in the shootout, clinching his first victory as a starter this season. Lindback was 0-10-2 as a starter with Dallas Stars and the Sabres, who acquired him on Feb. 11.
Rasmus Ristolainen scored Buffalo’s only goal early in the third period to tie it, and the Sabres earned their first victory over Boston this season. Tyler Ennis had the only goal in the shootout, putting a wrist shot under the crossbar that was confirmed after the officials gathered to discuss it.
Niklas Svedberg had 23 saves for Boston.
Loui Eriksson scored for Boston 9:55 into the game.
Lindback stopped Brad Marchand on Boston’s second shootout attempt and then denied Krug to win it.
Lindback had made a blocker save on Patrice Bergeron’s wrist shot from the right circle with about six minutes left in the third period, and stopped a wraparound attempt by David Pastrnak to keep the Sabres in it.
Marchand got off a tough wrist shot early in overtime that Lindback gloved out of the air. He smothered another wrist shot by Krug with 3:12 left in overtime on the Bruins’ 40th shot of the game.
The Sabres, who lost to Washington 4-3 in a shootout on Monday, had just three shots in the first period. Buffalo gradually got stronger as Lindback continued making difficult saves.
Ristolainen tied it 1-1 on a goal 1:13 into the third period. Ristolainen’s slap shot deflected off a player or two before making its way through traffic and beating Svedberg.
Eriksson gave Boston a 1-0 lead after the puck took an unexpected bounce off the end boards. Lindback thought the puck was going to go around the boards, but it came out just far enough for Eriksson to poke it in from just outside the crease.
NOTES: Boston recalled G Jeremy Smith from Providence of the AHL to back up Svedberg. Tuukka Rask rested with what the Bruins called “general soreness.” Rask had started the last four and seven of eight. … Brian Gionta’s assist on Ristolainen’s goal gave him 26 points in 50 career games against Boston. … The Bruins outshot the Sabres 14-3 in the first period.