BUFFALO, NY - (WKBW) The Buffalo Sabres put forth their most complete effort of the postseason when they needed it most. Facing elimination in Game Five of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series, the Sabres beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 inside HSBC Arena.
Adam Mair and Jason Pominville scored first period goals for the Sabres. Mike Grier scored in the second period. Johnny Boychuk scored a power play goal for Boston late in the third period. Tyler Ennis followed with an empty-netter.
The tension between the two teams was evident when several players took to the ice with fists flying at the very end. That led to a misconduct for Sabre Patrick Kaleta.
Ryan Miller made 34 saves for the win.
The "Three Stars" for the game were:
1st: Ryan Miller
2nd Tyler Ennis
3rd Mike Grier
The HSBC Arena was sold out, with thousands more enjoying the game at the "Party In The Plaza" just outside the Arena.
Game Six is in Boston on Monday night at the TD Center. A win there for Boston would clinch the series for the Bruins. A win for Buffalo would bring the series back to hometown ice.
Continue to watch Channel 7's Eyewitness Sports coverage of the Sabres "Quest For The Cup" - on air and online with Sports Director Jeff Russo and Anchor/Reporter Shawn Stepner.