BOSTON (AP) — Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk scored in Boston’s two chances in the shootout and the Bruins, with newcomer Taylor Hall, rebounded for a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Craig Smith and David Krejci scored in regulation for Boston, which had lost its last two games but improved to 4-2-1 in its last seven.
Jeremy Swayman made 21 saves for the Bruins and stopped Buffalo’s two shootout attempts.
“I heard he was really good at them, and obviously he was,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said of Swayman’s first NHL shootout.
Colin Miller and Rasmus Dahlin scroed in regulation for the Sabres, who had won three of their last four. Dustin Tokarski made 32 saves.
“What I loved about this game is we didn’t feel good, we weren’t crisp, we weren’t sharp, we were messy,” said Sabres interim coach Don Granato. “They found it within to fight when things didn’t go right.”
Forwards Hall and Curtis Lazar made their debut with Boston against their old team, with Hall starting. They were acquired from Buffalo on Monday for forward Anders Bjork and a second-round pick in 2021.
“He’s world class,” Smith said of Hall, who was his linemate for the night. “It’s fun playing with him.”
Coyle scored between the pads, and DeBrusk went over Tokarski’s right shoulder.
“Not a lot of ‘puck luck’ (in regulation), but they both scored in the shootout,” Cassidy said. “You could tell they were feeling it.”
Dahlin’s shot from the point tied it with 8:07 left in regulation.
“I haven’t been in a playoff game, but it didn’t feel like a regular-season game,” Dahlin said. “After this game we’ve got more confidence. We’re young, but we learn every game.”
Dylan Cozens had a goal overturned because he batted it in with a high stick with 41.9 seconds left in OT.
The Bruins were coming off their most lopsided loss of the season in their last game — an 8-1 blowout against Washington on Sunday.
“We just have to stay even keel,” Smith said. “It was big to get the two points.”
Smith’s unassisted goal gave Boston a 2-1 edge 5:29 into the second when he intercepted Miller’s attempted clearing pass and fired a wrister past Tokarski. It was Smith’s ninth goal in his last 13 games.
Krejci’s goal tied it 13:20 into the first. He collected his own rebound and sent a rising backhander under the cross bar.
Tokarski kept it a one-goal game while Boston was piling up good chances in the second. He made a splendid stop with his left pad on Coyle’s bid from the edge of the crease.
Swayman’s best save came late in the second when he lunged forward to stop Cozens’ shot from in close. Defenseman Jarred Tinordi then blocked Kyle Okposo’s rebound with Swayman out of position.
The Sabres didn’t reach double digits in shots on goal until 7:06 left in the second.
Miller scored on a slap shot from the point 1:52 into the game.
Rangers 3, Devils 0
NEWARK, N.J. — Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves for his first NHL shutout and New York won the opener of a four-game series.
Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin scored and Adam Fox had assists on both goals as New York improved to 10-4-3 since March 13. Pavel Buchnevich scored into an empty net with 28 seconds to play for the 20,000th goal in Rangers’ franchise history.
Mackenzie Blackwood had 17 saves as the young Devils fell to 2-7-2 in their last 11. Even the return of captain Nico Hischier from a broken nose that had sidelined him since Feb. 27 didn’t help.
Flames 3, Maple Leafs 2, OT
TORONTO — Johnny Gaudreau scored 36 seconds into overtime and Calgary beat first-place Toronto.
Juuso Valimaki and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Flames. Gaudreau and Lindholm each added an assist, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots. Calgary won its second straight to pull six points behind Montreal for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division.
Zach Hyman had a goal and an assist, Alexander Kerfoot also scored and John Tavares had two assists for the Maple Leafs, who lead the North by three points over Winnipeg. David Rittich had 25 saves in his Toronto debut two days after being traded by the Flames.
Panthers 3, Stars 2, OT
DALLAS — Frank Vatrano scored a power-play goal 3:09 into overtime to lead Florida.
Aleksander Barkov and Radko Gudas scored in regulation, and Chris Driedger made 24 saves for the Panthers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and matched Tampa Bay and Carolina with 58 points atop the Central Division.
Jason Robertson and Joe Pavelski scored, and Anton Khudobin stopped 28 shots for the Stars, who are seven points out of the division’s last playoff spot with 15 games to remaining after playing in last season’s Stanley Cup Final.
Capitals 6, Flyers 1
WASHINGTON — Anthony Mantha had a two points in his Washington debut, Alex Ovechkin scored the 728th goal of his NHL career and the Capitals got their third consecutive victory.
Mantha picked up an assist on Tom Wilson’s goal in the first period, then showed off his shot in the second for his 12th of the season. Conor Sheary, Nicklas Backstrom and Carl Hagelin scored the other goals. Sheary added two assists for a three-point game. Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves for his 10th victory of the season.
Sean Couturier scored Philadelphia’s only goal, Brian Elliott allowed six goals on 32 shots and the Flyers lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Predators 7, Lightning 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Roman Josi had a goal and an assist in Nashville’s three-goal first period as the Predators got their fifth win in six games.
Josi also had an assist in the third. Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals and an assist, Rocco Grimaldi added a goal and an assist, and Tanner Jeannot and Mikael Granlund also scored. Ryan Johansen had two assists as Nashville salvaged a 2-6 mark in the season series.
Juuse Saros made 21 saves and improved to 9-2-0 in his last 11 starts.
Brayden Point had a power-play goal and Yanni Gourde also scored for Tampa Bay.