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Tuch has 4 points, Sabers defeat Bruins in OT for 6th straight win

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BOSTON — Alex Tuch had two goals and two assists, including a goal with 1:07 left in overtime to give the Buffalo Sabers a 4–3 win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.

Tuch scored with the side of his glove in the slot from a direct pass from Dylan Cozens.

“Four points, he was incredible,” said Sabers coach Don Granato. “Obviously it was his night to rise, dictate, influence, take over. He’s had a solid career in the NHL so far, but the potential he has is huge. He hasn’t even scratched the surface, and a night like tonight is about that. that we’ve been talking about.”

Cozens had a goal and an assist, and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 37 saves for the Sabers (18-14-2), who have won six straight and are 11-3-2 since losing eight straight in regulation Nov. 4-19.

“We knew by game three that they obviously hadn’t lost in regulation (at home), and we wanted to be the first team to do that,” Tuch said. “Obviously they fight back and then we take the two penalties to make it 5 on 3. Kill did a great job and ‘UPL’ did a great job with some great saves. We just found a way, and that it shows the kind of team we are this year, we don’t want to back down from anyone and we know that when adversity (happens) we can overcome it and win hockey games.

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins (28-4-4), who extended their season-opening home scoring streak to 21 games (18-0-3). Jeremy Swayman made 21 saves.

Boston will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park on Monday (2 pm ET; TNT, SN, TVAS).

“Disappointing ending,” said Marchand. “We had that game, we took it all in our hands and we kind of wasted it. That’s our fault. We should have been much better in that situation, but we’re not going to dwell on it. We’ve got a great opportunity ahead of us. We’re going to have a lot of fun (at the Winter Classic) . It’s an exciting time.”

Video: BUF@BOS: Tuch takes pass from Cozens and scores in OT

Dylan Cozens tied at 3–3 with 1:37 left in the third period and the Luukkonen pulled for the extra skater.

Rasmus Dahlin started the move by blocking Pastrnak’s attempt into the empty net. He then sent the puck to the ice, where Tuch bounced off the icing and threw a pass to Cozens, who scored in the face-off circle with a shot that connected with Swayman.

“I kind of sniffed it a little bit and I think it confused him,” Cozens said. “I don’t really remember exactly where it went. I think he was expecting the opposite side and ended up going the short side and just found a way in. It was lucky for me there but it was a great move by Tuch to beat the frosting and throw it to me, and a great move by Dahlin too.”

Before Cozens’ goal, Luukkonen made five saves during a 5-on-3 power play to Boston that lasted 1:56.

“On,” said Granato. “We’ve seen that. We’ve seen that build with him, that progression with him. More confident, more comfortable in our system, where the shots are coming, where a meltdown can happen. He’s reading this. He’s reading these situations. Significant in that sense .”

Video: BUF@BOS: Thompson places the Sabers on the board

Pastrnak gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 13:09 of the first period with a single clock from the left circle after an ice cross pass from David Krejci.

Video: BUF@BOS: Pastrnak fires a single stopwatch for a goal

Thompson leveled it at 1–1 at 16:13. After Tuch forced a turnover in the Bruins defensive zone, Jeff Skinner handed the puck to Thompson, who passed Swayman’s extended glove to put the puck in the net.

Tuch then put Buffalo ahead 2-1 at 2:03 of the second period, skating solo and beating the side of blocker Swayman with a wrist kick.

Patrice Bergeron tied 2-2 at 5:16 of the third period. He scored a power-play goal with a single clockwork from the right circle after a Marchand feed, which he scored on the breakout to give the Bruins a 3–2 lead at 12:25.

“I think we’re going to quickly put that aside and start focusing on the big event that’s coming up,” Boston coach Jim Montgomery said. “The Winter Classic is like the Super Bowl of regular season hockey. fast and get excited with the Winter Classic.”

GRADES: The Bruins tied their record for longest home scoring streak going into a season opener (19-0 with two ties in 1973-74). … Buffalo is 14-0-1 as they lead after two periods. … The Bruins lost in overtime for the first time this season (3-1).

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