Bruins defeat Sabres in first game after Hall trade


BOSTON — The Boston Bruins won in Taylor Hall‘s debut with them, 3-2 in a shootout against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Craig Smith scored in his 700th NHL game and had an assist, and Jeremy Swayman made 21 saves for the Bruins (22-12-6), who lost their previous two games.

Hall, who was acquired from Buffalo on Monday. had three shots on goal and was plus-1 in 16:43 of ice time.

Rasmus Dahlin scored the game-tying goal in the third period, and Anders Bjork had an assist in his debut with the Sabres (10-25-7).

Dustin Tokarski made 29 saves in relief of Linus Ullmark, who made three saves before he left the game at 4:54 of the first period because of an undisclosed injury.

Colin Miller gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 1:52 of the first period on a one-timer from beyond the circles.

David Krejci tied it 1-1 when he backhanded a rebound past Tokarski at 13:20 of the first.

Smith gave Boston a 2-1 lead at 5:29 of the second period with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Dahlin tied it 2-2 with a slap shot from just inside the right point at 11:53 of the third.

Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk scored in the shootout for the Bruins.

Forward Curtis Lazar, who was acquired in the Hall trade, and defenseman Mike Reilly, who was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Monday, each made his Bruins debut.

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