Krejci Leads Bruins Past Sabres 3-1
BOSTON — David Krejci scored for the fifth time in the last five games and Boston won consecutive games for the first time in almost two months with a 3-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk broke a 1-1 tie with his fourth goal at 12:56 of the third period and Krejci scored 2:58 later to make it 3-1.
The Bruins, who won at Toronto Tuesday night, hadn’t won two in a row since Jan. 10 and 12.
The loss was the second in the last three games for the Sabres, who are battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Buffalo’s Jason Pominville scored in the first period and Boston’s Gregory Campbell tied it in the second.
Tim Thomas made 18 saves for Boston.
With the game tied 1-1, Boychuk stepped into a loose puck after a sliding Jordon Leopold broke up Jordan Caron pass. Boychuk blasted his fourth goal of the season past Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth, making his first start since Feb. 16.
Caron’s assist on the goal gave him six points in his last three games.
Krejci has been Boston’s best scorer since joining a line with wingers Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic. All three players have at least one point in each of the five games and the line has 20 points (10 goals). It was Krejci’s sixth goal in the last seven games, his 18th of the season.
Pominville walked down the right side on a 2-on-1 but Thomas had a clear view of his slap shot hit the top of the net. It was the 25th goal of the season for Buffalo captain, the third time in his career he has scored 25, but the first time since 2007-08.
The Bruins ran up a 13-6 shots advantage in the first period but didn’t score until the final minutes of the second.
Christian Ehrhoff’s pass in the defensive zone hit the skate of teammate Cody Hodgson and headed out to the blue line. Shawn Thornton stepped right into the puck and his shot was deflected out of mid-air by Campbell and Enroth at 18:09.
The goal was reviewed but stood. For Campbell, it was his seventh goal of the season, first in 20 games.
It came just over five minutes after a shot by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, beat Enroth and slammed off the goal post to Enroth’s left. It came right out into the crease and the goalie covered it with his glove.