BOSTON — Brad Marchand scored twice, David Pastrnak got his NHL-leading 20th goal and the Boston Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Thursday night.

Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots to help the Bruins win for the third time in four games (3-0-1) following a season-high four-game skid.

Rasmus Ristolainen and Brandon Montour scored and Linus Ullmark had 24 saves for the Sabres. Buffalo has dropped nine of 10 (1-7-2) after winning nine of its first 12 games.

Bruins star center Patrice Bergeron had an assist in his return after missing two games because of a lower body injury.

Marchand’s second goal of the game and 15th of the season came on a power play with 5:15 left in the second period, putting Boston up 2-1. Matt Grzelcyk skated into the slot and fired a wrist shot that bounced right to Marchand, who threw the puck in under Ullmark.

Pastrnak’s second-chance power-play strike made it 3-1 two minutes into the third.


Rask wowed the crowd with a diving glove save on Evan Rodrigues’ shot at 4:51.

Montour’s one-timer from the top of the left circle brought the Sabres to within 3-2 with 7:02 remaining.

Buffalo led 1-0 after Ristolainen scored his first of the season on the rebound of Jack Eichel’s shot from the left circle 5:25 into the game.

The Sabres pelted Rask with 13 shots before Brandon Carlo logged the Bruins’ first shot with 7:49 left in the first.

Boston tied it on its second shot, as Marchand tipped in Zdeno Chara’s shot from the blue line.

Buffalo finished the first period with a 17-4 advantage on shots.

NOTES: Marchand and Pastrnak are the first teammates with 15 goals apiece in their team’s first 22 games since Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone in 2009-10, according to Sportsnet Stats. … Boston remained the only NHL team without a regulation home loss this season at 8-0-4. … Bruins center Par Lindholm exited after being taken down by Rasmus Asplund while fighting for a loose puck early in the first period, but returned in the second. … Boston right wing Brett Ritchie sat out because of a recurrence of an infection. … Boston defenseman Torey Krug (upper body) missed his fifth straight game but participated in an optional skate Thursday and hopes to return Saturday. … Sabres left wing Johan Larsson was back in the lineup after a three-game absence because of an upper-body injury. … Bruins trainer Don DelNegro worked his 2,000th NHL game in his 27th season. DelNegro was honored with a video tribute and an ovation midway through the first period.

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