Adam experiences highs and lows in loss to Bruins

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Gets first NHL goal, but takes penalty giving Boston a power-play that leads to overtime winner

Buffalo Sabres' rookie forward and Kilbride native Luke Adam (72) is embraced by teammate Andrej Sekera after beating Boston Bruins' netminder Tim Thomas for his first-ever NHL goal during the Sabres' game against the Bruins Tuesday night in Boston. The Bruins won 3-2 in overtime.

Mark Recchi tipped Dennis Seidenberg’s slapshot past Ryan Miller in overtime, a power-play goal that was initially waved off by the referee, and the Boston Bruins escaped with a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

The game continued until the next whistle, with 1:58 left, but the goal 2:11 into the period officially ended it.

After the replay was shown on the scoreboard, fans cheered and began leaving the arena even before the goal was posted.

Tim Thomas stopped 28 shots to help Boston bounce back from a shootout loss to Toronto Saturday.

Miller made 33 saves for Buffalo, allowing a goal for the first time since Nov. 27. The shutout streak of 161 minutes, 35 seconds was the longest of his career.

Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton also scored for the Bruins.

Kilbride native Luke Adam netted his first NHL goal for Buffalo, getting to a loose puck in the slot after a second-period scramble and wristing it past Thomas. However, Adam later took a double-minor penalty for high-sticking that gave Boston a crucial overtime power play.

In their first visit to Boston since they were eliminated in the first round of last season’s playoffs, the Sabres took a 2-1 lead in the third period on Thomas Vanek’s goal. But Horton tied it with 6:21 left in regulation when Buffalo’s Mike Weber passed the puck right to him in the slot.

In overtime, Buffalo had a chance to win it when the puck went to Derek Roy all alone in front of the net. He  tried to stickhandle Thomas out of position but Patrice Bergeron finally skated in to break up the play.

When the puck went the other way, Adam reached up and caught Boston centre Marc Savard in the face with his stick. Savard buried his face in his hands in apparent pain as the referee raised his arm for the penalty. Adam, appearing in his eighth NHL game, got four penalty minutes for drawing blood, meaning the Bruins would have the power play for the last 3:14 of OT had they not scored.

With the 4-on-3 advantage, Boston set up in the Sabres end and put together sustained, crisp passing until Seidenberg lined up a slapshot that went over Miller and ricocheted off the back of the net so fast that the referees didn’t see it go in. The fans booed, but the Bruins seemed to know that the next whistle would end it.

Canadiens 4, Senators 1

At Montreal, Jeff Halpern, Brian Gionta and Roman Hamrlik scored third-period goals and Carey Price made 27 saves as the Habs beat Ottawa for a third straight win.

Halpern broke a 1-1 tie 2:18 into the third, Gionta put the Canadiens ahead by two goals midway through the period, and Hamrlik closed the scoring with 3:32 left. Michael Cammalleri added a power-play goal in the first for Montreal, which is 8-1-1 at home since a 3-2 loss to the Senators on Nov. 6.

Ottawa’s Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal late in the first period, but Ottawa fell to 3-7-1 in its last 11.

Montreal has earned at least one point in five straight contests.

For a fourth consecutive game, rookie defenceman P.K. Subban was a healthy scratch for the Canadiens.

Panthers 4, Avalanche 3, OT

At Sunrise, Fla., Stephen Weiss scored his second goal of the game 43 seconds into overtime to give Florida a victory over Colorado.

Bill Thomas and David Booth also had goals for Florida, which has won two straight following a three-game losing streak. Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves.

John-Michael Liles, Daniel Winnik and Matt Duchene scored for the Avalanche, who have lost four in a row.

Craig Anderson, who served as Vokoun’s backup for four seasons before signing with Colorado last off-season, made 21 saves.

Organizations: Boston Bruins, NHL, Buffalo Sabres Habs

Geographic location: Boston, Buffalo, Montreal Ottawa Florida Colorado

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