BOSTON – Maybe the Sabres' key to getting points is falling into a 4-1 hole.
For the second time in five days, Buffalo erased the three-goal deficit to force overtime. The team scored three straight goals, including two in the third period, to tie Boston on Saturday night.
Unlike Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss in Vegas, the Sabres won, 5-4. Ryan O'Reilly scored with 2:01 left in overtime to deliver the victory.
The center skated out from behind the net, then lifted the puck home to give the Sabres a 2-5-2 record. The Sabres had to wait out an unsuccessful coach's challenge for the win.
Late magic: The Sabres' Evander Kane tied the game with 2:08 to play, just 10 seconds after a power play expired.
Jason Pominville chased down the puck in the right corner and fed Jake McCabe at the left point. The defenseman quickly spotted Kane in the slot, and the left winger slid a no-look backhand under the pile to make it 4-4.
It was Kane's sixth goal in nine games.
Buffalo earned the power play with 4:18 left when Brandon Carlo interfered with Kyle Okposo, who was attempting to get to a dump-in.
Making it close: Benoit Pouliot's first goal with the Sabres set up an exciting finish. The left winger cruised to the slot and sent a high shot past goaltender Anton Khudobin, cutting the Sabres' deficit to 4-3 with 13:05 remaining.
The Sabres had 10 of the opening 11 shots during the third period. Buffalo finished the period with a 15-6 edge, building their lead in the game to 36-31.
Whack a goal: A rush by David Pastrnak and former Sabres forward Tim Schaller turned into a gritty goal to give Boston a 1-0 lead. After a shot off the rush, Schaller whacked the puck at the side of the net. Goaltender Robin Lehner inched off the post, and Pastrnak sneaked the rebound behind the netminder with 6:44 left in the first.
Don't blink: Boston needed just two seconds of a power play to take a 2-0 lead. The Sabres' Johan Larsson won the faceoff, but it bounced off Pouliot and defenseman Marco Scandella to the Bruins' Brad Marchand. He went around Lehner with 4:55 left.
The Sabres hit the opening intermission in the 2-0 hole with a 13-6 shot disadvantage.
That was quick: The Bruins needed just 37 seconds of the second period to take a 3-0 lead. A rush into the Sabres' zone closed with a drop pass to Marchand at the right circle. He beat Lehner to the far side through traffic.
Pominville produces: It's a good thing for Buffalo that Minnesota wanted to dump Pominville's salary. He made it 3-1 with his fifth goal and 10th point in nine games.
Pominville blocked a Bruins clearing attempt, then got the puck at the right circle. He ripped a high, hard one past Khudobin with 8:01 gone in the second.
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Avalanche continues on Tennyson: Things haven't gone well for Sabres defenseman Matt Tennyson, and it continued with 8:38 left in the second. Pastrnak cut to the slot and sent a shot wide, but it hit Tennyson's skate and deflected home for a 4-1 Bruins lead.
Celebrating at home: Boston product Jack Eichel unleashed a celebratory fist pump after cutting the Sabres' deficit to 4-2 with his fourth goal. Scandella circled at the top of the Bruins' zone until he found a lane and sent a high shot off Khudobin. Eichel calmly deposited the rebound with 3:53 left in the second.
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— steph (@myregularface) October 22, 2017
Buffalo outshot the Bruins, 15-12, during the middle period.
Changes: The Sabres changed their lines because of inefficiency and altered their defense pairs out of necessity.
Right wing Justin Bailey joined Eichel and left wing Evander Kane on the top line. Ryan O'Reilly centered Pouliot and Pominville. Kyle Okposo, benched for much of Friday's 4-2 loss to Vancouver, dropped down with center Sam Reinhart and left wing Matt Moulson. Larsson was in the middle of Jordan Nolan and Seth Griffith.
Defenseman Taylor Fedun stepped in for injured Nathan Beaulieu and skated with Victor Antipin. Scandella was paired with Rasmus Ristolainen, while Jake McCabe skated with Tennyson. Zach Redmond, recalled from Rochester earlier in the day, was a healthy scratch.
Moment of applause: The Bruins celebrated the life of Roger "Naples" Napolitano, one of the team's most loyal fans who died at age 97. He held season tickets for 75 years. Rather than observe a moment of silence, the Bruins asked fans to applaud his dedication.
Next: The Sabres are off until hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday in KeyBank Center. It's the start of another set of back-to-back games. Buffalo visits Columbus on Wednesday.