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Boston 5, Buffalo 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 22, 2021
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Referees: Peter MacDougall, Garrett Rank
Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Julien Fournier
Attendance: N/A

David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each registered a goal and an assist as the visiting Boston Bruins earned their season-high sixth win in a row, beating the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Thursday night.

Matt Grzelcyk, Nick Ritchie and David Krejci also scored while rookie Jeremy Swayman made 29 saves to improve to 5-1-0 for the surging Bruins (27-12-6, 60 points), who have won 10 straight over the Sabres.

Boston, fourth in the East Division, has outscored its past six opponents 23-7.

Rookie Arttu Ruotsalainen registered his third goal and Dustin Tokarski stopped 33 shots for the Sabres, who have lost three of four following a 2-0-1 stretch. Buffalo (12-28-7, 31 points), already eliminated from playoff contention, has managed just six goals while earning one point in five meetings with Boston this season.

Boston went up 1-0 with 7:24 left in the first period. Marchand was right on the doorstep to convert a rebound for his 25th goal of the season and fourth in the past three contests.

Buffalo tied it at the 5:27 mark of the second period. Ruotsalainen brilliantly dropped in a perfect pass from ex-Bruin Anders Bjork in the slot to snap Buffalo's four-period goal drought against Boston.

The Bruins took the lead back for good with 7:10 remaining in the middle frame. Tokarski failed on a glove-save attempt of Grzelcyk's blast from the point, which appeared to graze the stick of Buffalo's Tobias Rieder.

Pastrnak and Ritchie's goals came 1:06 during the first half of the final period to put the game out of reach. Krejci concluded the scoring with 1:58 left in the game on an easy rebound while untouched in front of the net.

The clubs will play the finale of three consecutive meetings over four days on Friday night in Buffalo.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Boston   Buffalo
Matt Grzelcyk 2 Points Arttu Ruotsalainen 1
Matt Grzelcyk 1 Goals Arttu Ruotsalainen 1
Matt Grzelcyk 1 Assists Anders Bjork 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jeremy Swayman .967 Save Percentage Dustin Tokarski .868
Jeremy Swayman 29 Saves Dustin Tokarski 33
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Boston 38 5 0-2 5-5 12 28
Buffalo 30 1 0-5 2-2 6 29
Upcoming Games
  • Buffalo will play their next game at home against Boston. The Sabres have a W/L % of .167 after a win and .294 after a loss.
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