Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk scored shootout goals to inch the Bruins past the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Monday in the Boston debut for winger Taylor Hall. The Bruins’ trade deadline acquisition played 16:43 of ice time and logged three shots on goal as David Krejci’s left wing, while the new-look No. 2 line figured into both Boston goals in regulation.
The Sabres drew first blood less than two minutes into the game, when former Bruins defenseman Colin Miller pounced on a fortuitous bounce and fired the puck past Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman from the point. Krejci evened things up midway through the first when he buried the rebound off a blast from Jeremy Lauzon.
Craig Smith sparked the play with an aggressive forecheck to gain possession.
Boston took the lead just 5:29 into the second period when Krejci’s new line struck again. Hall led a 3-on-2 rush through the neutral zone and executed a give-and-go with Smith, but lost control as he approached the net front. Smith gathered the puck trailing behind Hall and finished for the go-ahead goal.
Midway through the third period, Rasmus Dahlin became the second Sabres defenseman to score off a big shot from the point. The dynamic young blue liner deftly evaded Sean Kuraly’s poke check before firing and beating Swayman to tie it.
Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy returned to the lineup on Monday and made an immediate impact in 25:04 of ice time. The Bruins scored once and held a 33-17 shot attempt advantage with McAvoy on the ice in all situations, and also led 9-3 in high-danger scoring chances.
The Bruins play the New York Islanders next, on Thursday at TD Garden.