Buffalo came out of the gates blazing and proved to be too much for the Bruins, posting a 4-1 victory at HSBC Arena on Friday night to force Game 6 on Monday in Boston.
For the fifth straight game, the Sabres struck first — this time on Adam Mair‘s first postseason goal, assisted by BC product Nathan Gerbe and Cody McCormick. But they added to it with just over a minute remaining in the first period, courtesy of Jason Pominville.
Mike Grier made it 3-0 Buffalo 9:22 into the second, and it was too little too late when Boston finally put itself on the scoreboard, as Johnny Boychuk scored on a power play with 2:30 left in the game.
Tyler Ennis‘ empty-netter with 1:43 left sealed the deal for Buffalo.
Tuukka Rask made 29 saves on 32 shots for the B’s, while Ryan Miller finally shined for Buffalo, stopping 34 of 35 shots.
For full game highlights, check out the video below.