Bruins extend lead for fourth in East with victory against Sabres


BOSTON — Charlie Coyle broke a third-period tie with his first goal in 29 games, and the Boston Bruins extended their lead for fourth place in the MassMutual East Division with a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Thursday.

Coyle’s backhand after a steal in the neutral zone gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead at 7:58 of the third period.

David Krejci and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist, and Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for Boston (29-14-6), which won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Sam Reinhart scored for the fourth straight game, and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 35 saves for Buffalo (13-31-7), which has lost three in a row.

These teams will meet again here Saturday.

David Pastrnak scored at 1:16 of the first period for a 1-0 Boston lead.

Casey Mittelstadt tied it 1-1 at 14:09 before Krejci’s power-play goal at 19:59 gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

Reinhart tied it 2-2 at 1:43 of the third period with his sixth goal in the past four games.

After Coyle gave the Bruins the lead, Taylor Hall extended it to 4-2 at 16:43, and Marchand scored shorthanded into an empty net at 18:26 for the 5-2 final.

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