Bruins rally to defeat Sabres in OT after 15-day break


BOSTON — Charlie Coyle scored 34 seconds into overtime, and the Boston Bruins rallied to win in their first game in 16 days, 4-3 against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Saturday.

Coyle scored with a wrist shot from the high slot.

Boston last played Dec. 16, a 3-1 loss at the New York Islanders, before having six games postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

Craig Smith, Nick Foligno and Taylor Hall scored for the Bruins (15-10-2), who trailed by two early in the third period. Charlie McAvoy had three assists, and Linus Ullmark made 21 saves.

Vinnie Hinostroza, Jeff Skinner and Alex Tuch scored for the Sabres (10-18-5). Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen made 37 saves.

Hinostroza and Skinner played for the first time since Dec. 17 after leaving NHL COVID-19 protocol Saturday morning.

Hinostroza gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 6:33 of the first period with a wrist shot from the high slot that deflected off Foligno.

Smith tied it 1-1 at 3:47 of the second on a rebound after Lukkonen saved Marchand’s one-timer.

Skinner gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead at 11:32. Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk blocked Tuch’s shot, and Skinner collected the loose puck before scoring with a wrist shot to the top right corner.

Tuch made it 3-1 on the power play at 19:11 with a one-timer for his first goal with Buffalo.

Foligno scored his first goal with Boston on a rebound to cut it to 3-2 at 3:24 of the third.

Hall tied it 3-3 at 4:49 with a wrist shot on the rush.

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