BOSTON -- The Bruins battled back to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the third period, and defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, in a shootout on Saturday at the TD Garden, sending the B's into the playoffs on a winning note.
Buffalo scored a pair of third-period goals to take a 3-1 lead midway through the third, but Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand each found the back of the net, under three minutes apart, to tie the game at 3-3 and send it to overtime, and eventually a shootout.
In that shootout, Patrice Bergeron beat Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth five-hole, and Tim Thomas stopped all three shots he faced to complete the comeback.
The third period began in a 1-1 tie, after Brad Boyes evened up the game by knocking home a rebound on the doorstep with 4:15 left in the second.
Seguin had initially put the Bruins up 1-0, just 3:15 into the second period, after he received a perfect cross-slot pass from Bergeron. Seguin went hard to the right post on a 2-on-1, and Bergeron found him for the tap-in.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.
*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.
*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.
*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.
*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.
*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres
*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.
The New York Knicks arrive in Boston tonight with the accompanying "Melo-drama" of Carmelo Anthony's disintegrating relationship with team president Phil Jackson.
Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to leave New York and Boston has been an oft-rumored destination.
On "The Toucher and Rich Show", the longtime voice of the Celtics, Mike Gorman, said he hopes it doesn't happen.
"I don't get it. I don't see it," Gorman said. "He's a ball stopper. One of the things that always intrigued me about Carmelo is when he's played with Team USA or an Olympic team, often he's the best player. Then you go and see him in a regular-season game and you say, 'Oh no, no."'