Boston Bruins defeat Buffalo Sabres, 5-3

BUFFALO — There is no debate about Michael Ryder’s underwhelming regular season, in which he netted 18 goals in 82 games.

But there is also no debate about how he performed in the Bruins’ 5-3 win yesterday.

Ryder, owner of just one goal in 22 games until a two-strike outburst in the regular-season finale against Washington, scored twice yesterday to give the Bruins the offensive presence they missed for most of 2009-10.

“Certainly, that last game in Washington was go...

BUFFALO — In the first game of their first-round playoff series, the Sabres shook off the Bruins’ best punch — a 24-shot second period — and authoritatively locked down a victory.

The Bruins delivered another haymaker yesterday in Game 2. This time, the Sabres crumbled.

The Sabres lost leading scorer Thomas Vanek to injury in the first period, blew a two-goal lead, and lost, 5-3, faltering for the first time all season when taking a lead into the third period.

Two...

BUFFALO — Did the Bruins make mistakes yesterday? Plenty, including the kind that end up in the back of your net.

There was Milan Lucic, who had drifted too far to his right, being way out of position to get in front of a first-period Tyler Myers blast — the rookie stared down a shooting lane wider than the Erie Canal — that was deflected and beat Tuukka Rask. Or Rask later in the first, letting a bad-angle Matt Ellis backhander slip by his blocker far side, a goal that...