Securing two points by way of a shootout over the lowly Sabres might seem like a Pyrrhic victory for a Bruins team that should, in reality, mop the floor against a sullen Buffalo bunch — but a win's a win for a new-look B's roster.
With three new regulars incorporated into the lineup, the B's did just enough to take care of business on Tuesday night, with both Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk scoring in the shootout to secure a 3-2 win for Boston.
The buzz around the Bruins on Tuesday might have revolved around the debuts of their three deadline pickups in Taylor Hall, Mike Reilly and Curtis Lazar, but it was the play of the B's top offseason acquisition that stole most of the headlines — as Craig Smith continued his scorching-hot scoring streak with another two-point night. David Krejci also scored in the opening period, knocking home a rebound generated off of a point shot from Jeremy Lauzon.
Jeremy Swayman stopped 21 of the 23 shots that came his way in the win, including three key stops in overtime and the shootout.