It was in. It was out. Even Dennis Seidenberg couldn’t look you in the eye and tell you he was sure Mark Recchi won the game by tipping his rocket point shot in overtime.
But with the help of modern day instant reply, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton staying hot, and Tim Thomas continuing to play superman in net the Bruins snuck out a come from behind 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden Tuesday night.
At 2:11 of the overtime stanza, Seidenberg’s point shot was fast enough to elude judgment of the naked eye, and though the Bruins had scored, play continued on for seconds after until whistled dead on a penalty call.
“I thought it might have gone in,” said Seidenberg. “I couldn’t be sure and I was really hoping we could get a quick whistle to look at it.”
Recchi was much more confident of his tipped shot which came streaking across Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller.
“Well you always have to keep going, but I heard the thud,” explained Recchi. “I knew it was in, but you have to keep playing”
The indecisive goal came as a fitting ending to an indecisive win for the Bruins who until Horton scored on a Buffalo turnover midway through the third period, were having trouble getting a lot of momentum going.
“When I got the pass I stopped and he(Miller) kind of looked surprised. I just tried to get it off as quick as I could,” said Horton about his goal in the third.
“It didn’t really turn out fine,” explained Seidenberg “We kind of came out flat and got scored on right away, and thank God Hortie put that giveaway in and we kind of got our legs back.”
“Its nice to still get points when you don’t play your best,” added Horton “We didn’t play as well as we could, there were some moments where the puck was bouncing around everywhere. We just tried to play it smart.”
Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek scored four minutes into the third period when he slapped a floating puck out of mid air from behind the net, which deflected off of Thomas’s back and into the goal. Other than the odd bounce Thomas continued to make key saves throughout the game at point blank range to keep his team within striking distance.
Lucic scored the first goal for the Bruins after collecting the puck behind the net and surprising Miller with a short side wrist shot. Miller who had a two game shutout streak broken, sat over the puck which slowly inched its way across the goal line.
With two points gained against a division opponent in Buffalo, the Bruins look ahead to a home stand for the rest of the week with games against the Islanders and Flyers.