NHL Wrap: Sabres top Bruins in emotional contest in Boston

NHL Wrap: Sabres top Bruins in emotional contest in Boston

April 17, 2013, 11:45 pm
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The Flyers on Wednesday agreed to two-year contract extensions with forwards Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill, according to general manager Paul Holmgren (see story).

Also, Canadiens forward Ryan White was served with a five-game suspension for his unwarranted head shot on Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins on Monday (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Wednesday's NHL action:

Sabres top Bruins in emotional contest
BOSTON -- Drew Stafford scored the only shootout goal after Buffalo tied the game in the final minute of regulation, and the Sabres beat the Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night in the first pro game in Boston since the marathon bombings on Monday.

The Sabres forced overtime with 26.6 seconds left when Cody Hodgson scored his 14th goal of the season, tipping in Thomas Vanek's pass into the slot during a power play.

Boston still clinched a playoff berth by gaining one point. The Bruins are tied in points with Montreal atop the Northeast Division, but have one game in hand on the Canadiens. Both teams trail Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh by nine points.

There was heightened security at TD Garden where cars entering the garage were searched, and fans were checked with wands and patted down.

There was a pregame period of silence and a slideshow of scenes from the Boston Marathon in which three people died and more than 170 were wounded when two bombs went off near the finish line on Monday.

Vanek also scored in regulation for Buffalo. Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly both gave Boston one-goal leads that the Bruins failed to hold (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Flames hold off Wings
CALGARY, Alberta -- Steve Begin scored two goals in the third period, and the Calgary Flames held on to hand the playoff-hopeful Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 loss on Wednesday night.

Begin took advantage of a pair of blunders by goalie Jimmy Howard to score his third and fourth goals of the season.

Lee Stempniak also scored for the Flames (17-22-4), who won all three games against the Red Wings this season.

Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen scored for the Red Wings (20-16-7), who are 2-2-2 in their past six games. Detroit is tied with Columbus for eighth place in the Western Conference with only five games remaining.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves to earn his first win since he topped St. Louis on March 24. Joey MacDonald had started Calgary's three previous games.

Howard, who signed a six-year, $31.8 million contract on Tuesday, stopped 14 shots (see full recap).

-The Associated Press 

Penguins rough up Canadiens
PITTSBURGH -- Brenden Morrow scored two goals for the second straight game and Pittsburgh beat Montreal to move closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Penguins lead the Canadiens by nine points in the fight for the top seed. Both teams have five games remaining.

Brandon Sutter added two goals for Pittsburgh, and newly acquired Jarome Iginla and Doug Murray also scored for the Penguins, who had little trouble with the Canadiens despite playing without injured stars Sidney Crosby (broken jaw) and Evgeni Malkin (shoulder).

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots, and Pittsburgh dominated in racing to a quick 4-0 lead.

Brian Gionta, Alex Galchenyuk, Gabriel Dumont and Andrei Markov scored for the reeling Canadiens, who have lost three straight. Peter Budaj started in goal but was pulled after stopping just six of the nine shots he faced in the first period.

Carey Price relieved and allowed three goals on 20 shots, absorbing the loss (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

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