Home is simply not where the Buffalo Sabres' hearts are.
The Sabres couldn't stand prosperity Thursday night, blowing a 2-0 lead and suffering a disappointing 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins in First Niagara Center. Ryan Spooner scored the lone goal in the shootout on Boston's first shot. Brian Gionta, Evander Kane and Ryan O'Reilly were all stopped.
The Sabres fell to 9-15-3 at home, extending their NHL-worst record in their own building. It also dropped Buffalo to 1-6-2 in their last nine games downtown and stemmed the momentum from road wins Jan. 26 in Ottawa and Wednesday in Montreal in their first game after the All-Star break.
The Sabres were denied their second three-game winning streak of the season. The Sabres also won three straight from Nov. 7-12, beating Vancouver at home and sweeping a two-game road trip with wins over Tampa Bay and Florida.
The Sabres were just 1-6-1 in their last eight home games, with the lone win in that stretch their 4-1 domination of league-leading Washington on Jan. 16.
Clutch penalty killing: Both teams had a power play in overtime and neither scored. Evander Kane went for slashing and Boston was stopped, mostly by a ten-bell save from Chad Johnson on Patrice Bergeron at the edge of the crease. Bergeron then went for hooking Jack Eichel and Buffalo couldn't score, with Ryan O'Reilly holding the best chance.
Being able: Kane was a workhorse in the Bruins' zone all night and opened the scoring at 11:35 of the first period after some strong work by captain Brian Gionta in the Boston zone. Gionta hit the post on a 3-on-1 break, but stayed with the play and worked the puck to the edge of the crease where Kane pounded it home for his 12th goal of the season. Kane had 11 shots on goal in the game -- the most by a Sabre this season.
Tip top work: Reinhart's goal at 47 seconds of the second period came when he used a mid-air deflection to redirect Mark Pysyk's floater from the right point. It stood under review after a look to see if the puck was struck with a high stick.
Quick response: The Bruins came back just 58 later as Spooner tapped home a Torey Krug rebound as Jack Eichel was unable to get control the puck at his feet just outside the crease.
Backhand blues: Johnson gave up a soft goal to Marchand on a backhand to get the Bruins even, after the Boston forward made a quick move against defenseman Zach Bogosian. The puck beat Johnson short side just inside the post.
Odd call: Eichel was nailed for a rarely called faceoff interference violation midway through the third period for playing his hand with the puck while in the circle. Replays showed the call was correct. The Bruins did not score on the ensuing power play, with Johnson making a strong save on Jimmy Hayes, who cut in alone through the left circle.
Injury report: Winger Marcus Foligno left with a lower-body injury in the third period after a hit into the boards in the Boston zone. He did not return.
Road Warriors: The Bruins imporved to 16-5-3 on the road -- second in the Eastern Conference to Washington's 17-5-2 -- but confounded by their 11-13-3 record in TD Garden.
"I have no explanation more than we've played better and we've played a better 60-minute game,' Bruins coach Claude Julien said prior to the game. "At home, we've had some slip-ups. ... we haven't been good for 60 minutes and we've let games slip away from us. It's resulted in some pretty crushing losses."
One came Tuesday night, when the Bruins blew a 3-1 third-period lead and suffered a 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto. It also happened Dec. 26 against the Sabres, when another 3-1 lead disappeared under Jack Eichel's avalanche of points over the final 10 minutes that produced a 6-3 Buffalo win.
The Bruins had been 5-1-1 in their last seven games in Buffalo.
Long time, no see: Tuukka Rask got the start in goal for Boston, the first time he's met the Sabres in FNC since Feb. 24, 2012. Rask only played one of the four meetings against Buffalo last season, a 4-3 overtime win in Boston, and did not play in the first two matchups this year.
In the house: The paid attendance was 18,845, just 225 shy of a sellout.
Up Next: The Sabres will practice on Friday before heading to Boston and their game against the Bruins Saturday in TD Garden. The home game is Tuesday against the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers.