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Boston 4, Buffalo 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, October 22, 2021
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Referees: Dean Morton, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen: Kyle Flemington, James Tobias
Attendance: 7820

Charlie Coyle recorded a goal with two assists and Linus Ullmark stopped 35 shots against his former team as the visiting Boston Bruins won 4-1 over the previously undefeated Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Another ex-Sabre, Taylor Hall, added an empty-netter and an assist, while Tomas Nosek and David Pastrnak also scored and Brad Marchand had two assists for Boston. The Bruins have won three straight against the Sabres and 13 of the past 14 in the series.

Boston had 26 shots on goal but made the most of its chances against Buffalo netminder Craig Anderson (22 saves) to win for the second time in three games this season.

Ullmark, who recorded 50 victories in 117 games over six seasons with the Sabres before signing with Boston this summer, was solid in his Bruins debut on Friday. He appeared on his way to a fourth career shutout, but Buffalo's Victor Olofsson scored with 5:25 left in regulation.

The Sabres totaled 11 non-shootout goals while opening with three consecutive victories, but they went 0-for-4 on the power play -- including a late six-on-four with their goalie pulled -- and hit iron on several occasions Friday night.

Taking advantage of a Buffalo turnover in its own end, the Bruins' "Perfection Line" opened the scoring 3:49 into the game. Patrice Bergeron corralled the puck behind the net and pushed it to Marchand, who found Pastrnak to bury the chance.

Nosek doubled the advantage at 15:50 of the opening session with his first tally of the campaign.

Coyle assisted on Nosek's goal and then notched one of his own 5:17 into the second period. He made it 3-0 in favor of the visitors when he one-timed a Marchand cross-slot pass, on the power play, underneath the arm of Anderson.

After Olofsson's tally made things somewhat interesting late, Coyle added an assist on Hall's second goal of the season to complete the scoring.

The Bruins won 67 percent of the faceoffs and recorded 22 shot blocks, compared to only six for the Sabres.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Boston   Buffalo
Charlie Coyle 3 Points Victor Olofsson 1
Charlie Coyle 1 Goals Victor Olofsson 1
Charlie Coyle 2 Assists Rasmus Asplund 1
Charlie Coyle 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Linus Ullmark .972 Save Percentage Craig Anderson .880
Linus Ullmark 35 Saves Craig Anderson 22
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Boston 26 4 1-2 4-4 8 29
Buffalo 36 1 0-4 1-2 4 17
Upcoming Games
  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against New Jersey. The Sabres have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Bruins have a W/L % of .000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.