Boston Bruins defeat Buffalo Sabres, 4-3

Now here was something new for the Bruins: scoring the first goal of the game.

Despite scratching out a three games to two lead in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven quarterfinal series with the Sabres, the Bruins had not scored first in the first five games. But in Game 6 last night at TD Garden, the wondrous 42-year-old Mark Recchi set up David Krejci for a power-play goal in the first period and Krejci, in turn, set up Recchi for a power-play score in the second as...

They got ahead, remained ahead, and now the Bruins are moving ahead to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Led by a pair of David Krejci goals, and skating their best in the postseason, the Bruins pinned a 4-3 defeat on the Sabres at the Garden last night, clinching the best-of-seven opening-round playoff series, four games to two.

It was the first time since 1999 that the Bruins clinched a playoff series on home ice. They will now face either Pittsburgh or Philadel...

A nod. That’s all it took.

In last night’s second period, when the Bruins were on a four-on-three power play, David Krejci carried the puck out of the left corner and locked eyes with Dennis Wideman. Krejci motioned, with a shake of his head to the left, where he wanted the defenseman to go: the front of the net. Given how much swagger Krejci was playing with, Wideman was sure to listen.

“When he’s got it going, the puck finds him,’’ Wideman said. “When he’s got the ...

It took five games, one a double-overtime nail-biter, then nearly an additional 14 minutes in Game 6 last night for the Bruins finally to be the chased and not the chasers.

They got ahead. They stayed in front. Now they’re moving on to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“The thing I liked, we came out and skated hard from the start,’’ said coach Claude Julien, his club fresh from erasing the Sabres, 4-3, to clinch the best-of-seven series in six games. “We got the ...