Bruins score 4 goals in 1st period, beat Sabres 5-1
Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Charlie Coyle each had a goal and an assist to lead the Boston Bruins over the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Mike Reilly and Taylor Hall also scored, Nick Foligno had two assists and rookie Jeremy Swayman made 24 saves as Boston bounced back from a 4-0 loss to Calgary on Sunday for its fourth win in five games and third straight on the road.
The Bruins chased Sabres goalie Aaron Dell with four first-period goals on the 22 shots he faced. Dustin Tokarski stopped 24 of 25 shots.
Kyle Okposo scored for the Sabres, who lost their fourth in a row and are 2-8-1 following a 5-1-1 start.
The Bruins scored four times in 5:41 during the opening period and had a 22-8 edge in shots on goal.
Bergeron and Coyle scored on wrist shots 51 seconds apart to give Boston a 2-1 lead.
Pastrnak drew a hooking penalty on Buffalo's Rasmus Dahlin, and Charlie McAvoy fed Pastrnak for a power-play goal less than three minutes after Coyle put the Bruins ahead.
Reilly made it 4-1 with a minute left in the first when he scored on a rebound that rolled between the dropped sticks of Buffalo's Colin Miller and Vinnie Hinostroza.
Hall got the fifth goal on a power play late in the third period after Buffalo's Zemgus Girgensons received a five-minute game-misconduct penalty for checking McAvoy from behind and driving him headfirst into the boards.
Buffalo briefly led after Okposo used Bergeron as a screen to beat Swayman with a wrist shot midway through the period. Bergeron tied the score with his seventh of the season 2:33 later.
Swayman made 14 saves in the second, including one on a penalty shot by John Hayden.
Bruins: Changed plans in the crease after scheduled starter Linus Ullmark "tweaked something" during Wednesday's morning skate, coach Bruce Cassidy said. . F Trent Frederic (upper body) skated before sitting out his sixth straight game, but Cassidy said he could return "later in the week."
Sabres: F Casey Mittelstadt skated wearing a non-contact jersey, his first practice since getting hurt in the Oct. 14 season opener.
Bruins: Host the New York Rangers on Friday in the NHL's Thanksgiving Showdown.
Sabres: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.