BUFFALO The Bruins probably should have been up by at least a couple of goals headed into the third period, and that ultimately did them in over the final 20 minutes.
Down by a goal entering the final period the Sabres scored a pair of unanswered goals and took a 4-2 win over the Bruins at the First Niagara Center, and handed Boston their second regulation loss of the season.
Tyler Myers tied the game up with a second-effort rebound goal that got things moving for a Buffalo team that was booed off the ice by their home fans at the end of the second period. Christian Ehrhoff slammed home the game-winner after a loose puck leaked out to him in the slot from behind the net to the slot area just beyond the outstretched reach of Rich Peverley.
The Bruins fell behind early as an Andrew Ference turnover behind the net turned into a Tyler Ennis-to-Drew Stafford connection just 3:24 into the first period. But the Bs used the power play to get it back at the end of the first period as a scramble in front turned into David Krejci feeding Dougie Hamilton in the high slot. The rookie defenseman hammered a puck into the open net for his first NHL goal and the score was tied at 1-1 apiece.
Hamilton became the first 19-year-old defenseman to score a goal for Boston since Jonathan Girard did it way back in 1999 in a Black and Gold uniform.
The Bruins dominated the Sabres to the tune of a 17-6 shot advantage in the second period and finally took a lead when a wide Hamilton point shot bounced off the end boards to Rich Peverley waiting in front. Peverley snapped the puck into the net for his second goal of the season and the Bruins had their slim lead.
Once the Sabres had the lead Cody Hodgson added to it with an insurance goal halfway through a third period dominated by Buffalo.