OUTCOME: The Bruins did it again. Just as they did in Game 2, the B's erased a two-goal deficit with a pair in the third period to tie the game at 2-2. But this time they needed overtime -- two actually -- before Miroslav Satan scored a power-play goal at 7:41 of the second OT to give Boston the victory over Buffalo. The Bruins lead the series 3-1.
“I saw him coming out and made a move to the side, then I had an empty net,” said Satan. “It was great. It was a tough game, a long game. It’s finally over and we have a 3-1 lead.”
The Bruins didn’t have the jump in the first two periods in Game 4 that they had in the first three games of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Sabres. Boston found it and came up big in the third period as David Krejci (power-play goal) and Patrice Bergeron scored.
KILLING IN THE NAME OF WINNING: Boston’s penalty-killing unit once again came up huge. With the game knotted at 2-2 in the first overtime, Bergeron was called for tripping at 4:17. Even with one of its top penalty killers in the box, Boston stifled the Sabres’ power play.
“I had confidence in our PK,” said Bergeron. “It’s been good all year, but it was obviously nerve-wracking.”
The Bruins are 14-for-14 on the penalty kill this series.
SAVES OF THE GAME IN OVERTIME: The Bruins’ Tuukka Rask and the Sabres’ Ryan Miller were like two masked men in an old western movie, trading shots –- saves in this case –- on some dirt road in the middle of a showdown. Both were tremendous in overtime.
Miller made three key saves in the first extra period, stopping Blake Wheeler on a breakaway early and then stoning Bergeron on a shot that the Bruins forward almost put through the Sabres’ netminder. Miller then made an unbelievable sprawling glove save on Satan with four minutes to go.
In the second overtime, Bruins forward Milan Lucic blasted a slap shot from the top of the left circle that seemed like it could have gone through the goaltender’s chest. Miller stopped it on the logo and was clearly shaken up on the save.
SAVE OF THE GAME IN REGULATION: In real time, it appeared to have belonged to Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. After further review it was Rask who came up with a huge save. With the game knotted 2-2 with 10:56 remaining in the third period, the Sabres’ Michael Grier had an open-net opportunity on the off-post. Chara dove and used his Jolly Green Giant frame in an attempt to block the shot, but it got through and Rask made a terrific blocker save.
"I just threw everything I had to try and make that save," said Rask. "Sometimes you make those desperation saves, and at least if you give an effort, sometimes you get rewarded."
Overall, Rask made nine saves in the third period.
ASSIST OF THE GAME: Not only did Rask stop the puck, he assisted on the winning goal. He’s the first goalie since the Detroit Red Wings’ Dominik Hasek (2002 vs. Colorado) to assist on an overtime playoff goal.
SWITCHING IT UP: Bruins coach Claude Julien switched his lines a bit by removing Lucic from the top line and replacing him with Daniel Paille. It worked because the combination of Mark Recchi, Bergeron and Paille played well, as did the line of Lucic, Krejci and Satan.
BLOCKED BY BOYCHUK: Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk has played very well for the Bruins this season, especially down the stretch of the regular season and definitely in the four games of this series. He had five blocked shots, three of which were quality scoring chances for the Sabres.
UP NEXT: The series shifts back to HSBC Arena in Buffalo for Game 5 on Friday night.
HE SAID IT: “Coming back from two on this team again, it shows a lot about this team,” said Bruins vice president Cam Neely. “Both goalies played extremely well. It was a big, big win, obviously.”