'Sabres goalie Martin Biron had left his crease to play the puck behind the boards and never had a chance to get back in time. Pool sharks don't bank many shots like Boynton's 180-footer. "I was laughing at that myself," said Raycroft, who made 23 saves on the day. "The glass in here isn't as true as most rinks. I know how he (Biron) felt. You want to fall in a hole behind the net."'
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'''Every day it gets better and better. Yesterday, I couldn't even handle the puck. It was pretty bad,'' Zhitnik said. ''But at least we have progress.'''
'"Your initial reaction is that you're upset just because you lose," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "You don't really lose anything by losing, but getting scored against with 3.9 seconds left makes you want to put your fist through the wall. You look at the home and home, and we got two out of four (points) against a team that's really been going good."'
'As the seconds wound down in OT, it appeared the Sabres had the winner when Afinogenov and Briere, with a trailing Satan, flew in on their two-on-one sortie. They are Buffalo's most dangerous strikers. Afinogenov, wide on left wing with the puck dancing on his blade, opted to pass but the puck never made it to Briere. McGillis swept it toward the left wing boards, where Satan was headed. "Right there, that's when I decided to go for the puck," said McGillis, a more confident contributor the last few weeks. "I was fortunate to get it with my stick, and . . ."'
'Jillson, according to Sullivan, had a tough assignment containing Nylander, who had three assists in Thursday's win, because of Nylander's ability to see the ice, his shiftiness when played tightly, and his lateral mobility. "Michael just has that ability to make those plays," said Sullivan. "He has those subtle, deceptive techniques that make it tough to defend him."'
'Biron hung his head in despair, probably wishing he could hang up his uniform for the day as well, and the Bruins rode this Halley's comet to an equally unlikely 3-2 victory on Mike Knuble's goal with 3.9 seconds left in overtime yesterday. "One bench gets down," said Boynton. "The other gets up. It definitely switched things up."'
'"Something like that happens to you, and you're just hoping there's a hole behind the net," said a sympathetic Raycroft, who improved his record to 24-16-8. "You just want there to be a hole right there, so you can fall into it."'
'The Sabres broke in 2-on-1 with two of their most skilled players, Maxim Afinogenov and Daniel Briere, out in front. Afinogenov carried wide on the left wing before McGillis got a stick on his pass attempt, getting the puck up to B's center Michal Nylander with about 11 seconds left. “I had a feeling he was going to pass it, he's a pretty crafty player and he got wide enough that, if he's going to shoot it there, (goalie Andrew Raycroft) would have no problem there,'' McGillis said of his play on Afinogenov.'
'Boynton fired the puck off the right boards and Biron went behind his own net to collect the puck, but the bank shot went straight into the untended goal to cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1. “It was the change of the game, no question about it,'' Murray said. “If you gave me a hundred pucks, I bet you I couldn't do (that).'''
'“I think it sucks,'' Biron said of Boynton's fluke goal in what ended as a 3-2 B's overtime victory. “That's not something you expect to see in a game. I've seen guys down there on the other end of the ice fake like they're going to shoot the puck along the boards, and then they wait to see if the goalie is going to come out. If they do, they shoot the puck on the net.'