Krejci, Rask lead Bruins over Sabres

Updated: December 22, 2013

Boston, MA ( – David Krejci recorded a goal and an assist as
the Boston Bruins topped the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Saturday.

Krejci broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period and assisted on Milan
Lucic’s insurance goal in the third. Reilly Smith scored a pair of goals,
including an empty-netter in the closing seconds.

“I think it was good, but not good enough,” said Krejci. “You need effort and
you also have to capitalize on your scoring chances. I felt like we had an OK
game, and in this game, OK is not good enough.”

Tuukka Rask made 34 saves to help Boston get revenge for a 4-2 loss in Buffalo
on Thursday in the first game of the home-and-home.

Zemgus Girgensons netted the lone Buffalo goal, while Jhonas Enroth yielded
three goals on 38 shots in the setback. The loss snapped the Sabres’ two- game
winning streak.

“I thought we made some really bad decisions at some wrong times,” said
Buffalo interim head coach Ted Nolan.

Boston opened the scoring midway through the first period when Smith slapped a
one-timer past Enroth. Carl Soderberg received a pass from Ryan Spooner near
the goal and fed a slashing Smith, whose power-play tally made it 1-0.

Girgensons’ goal knotted it at 1 apiece with 1:06 left in the first period.
Matt Moulson was all alone in front of the goal and tried to sneak a wrister
past Rask, who turned it away, but Girgensons was there to tap in the rebound.

Rask’s save on Moulson sprung a 3-on-2 rush for the Bruins, as Krejci drove
home the eventual game-winner just 1:47 into the second on a pass from
Jarome Iginla.

Lucic took advantage of Iginla’s screen in front of the net and scored to make
it 3-1 early in the third period.

Rask carried Boston from there, turning away all 14 shots he faced in the
final frame.

Game Notes

Buffalo went 0-for-6 on the power play … The Bruins won 61 percent (43-
of-70) of the face-offs … Boston will visit Nashville on Monday, while the
Sabres return home to host Phoenix.