Boyes buries Bruins in overtime

Brad Boyes scored 3:44 into overtime and the Buffalo Sabres came back from two deficits to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Thursday night.

Sabres 4 at Bruins 3 (OT)

Brad Boyes scored 3:44 into overtime and the Buffalo Sabres came back from two deficits to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Thursday night.

The victory put the Sabres in a seventh-place tie with the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference with 74 points and two games in hand. But the Rangers have two more wins.

Boston goalie Tim Thomas stopped Nathan Gerbe’s shot from 30 feet but lost sight of the puck. Gerbe retrieved it just to the right of Thomas and passed across the crease to an unguarded Boyes, who tapped it in.

The Bruins’ Nathan Horton scored midway through the first and Mark Recchi made it 2-0 11 minutes into the second. The Sabres tied it in the last 9 minutes of the second on goals by Tyler Ennis and Thomas Vanek.

Boston went ahead again on Gregory Campbell’s goal at 2:18 of the third, but Tim Connolly tied it less than 3 minutes later.

Canadiens 1 at Blues 4

Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves in his first game against his former Montreal teammates to help St. Louis beat the Canadiens.

Andy McDonald had a goal and two assists, Matt D’Agostini added a goal and an assist, David Backes also scored and T.J. Oshie added a short-handed empty-netter. Jeff Halpern scored for Montreal.

Flyers 3 at Maple Leafs 2

Brian Boucher made 27 saves and Claude Giroux’s second-period goal stood up as the winner in Philadelphia’s victory over Toronto.

Andrej Meszaros and Darroll Powe also scored for Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia.

Mikhail Grabovski and Joffrey Lupul scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have lost three straight, hurting their bid to climb into playoff position.

Panthers 1 at Senators 2

Defenceman Erik Karlsson scored twice in the final 8:48 for Ottawa and former Florida backup Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots.

Anderson came within 4:13 of his second shutout since being acquired from Colorado on Feb. 18.

Defenceman Clay Wilson scored for Florida.

Wild 0 at Predators 4

Pekka Rinne stopped 19 shots for sixth shutout of the season for Nashville and the third of his career against Minnesota.

Nick Spaling scored two goals, and Joel Ward and Martin Erat each had a goal and assist for Nashville in the first game of a five-game homestand.