Charlie McAvoy scored for the Bruins, who were coming off a 4-3 loss at Toronto on Saturday night. Boston had gone 22-4-3 since last losing consecutive games Dec. 14-16. Anton Khudobin was not sharp in goal, allowing four goals on 24 shots, including being beaten through the legs on Scandella’s goal from the right boards that put Buffalo up 4-1 in the opening minutes of the third period.
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Nash’s addition failed to provide Boston a lift against the Eastern Conference’s last-place team. The Bruins squandered an opportunity to jump into second place in the Atlantic Division standings, a point ahead of the idle Maple Leafs.
The Bruins acquired the 33-year-old Nash in trade with the New York Rangers on Sunday morning. Boston gave up three players, including forward Ryan Spooner and prospect defenseman Ryan Lindgren, and its first-round pick in this year’s draft in a deal reached a day before the NHL’s trading deadline
RED WINGS 3, RANGERS 2, OT
NEW YORK (AP) – Trevor Daley scored on a tip-in with 5.6 seconds to go in overtime to lift Detroit Red past rebuilding New York.
Andreas Athanasiou and Darren Helm also scored for the Red Wings, and Jimmy Howard stopped 36 shots. Detroit improved to 5-3-2 in its last 10 games and pulled into a tie with Florida, five points behind Columbus for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves. New York lost its seventh straight, hours after trading star forward Rick Nash to Boston for three players and two draft picks. It also was the Rangers’ first game since trading speedy forward Michael Grabner to New Jersey on Friday night. Ryan Spooner, one of the players acquired from Boston, had two assists in his Rangers debut.
Rickard Rakell had a hat trick for the Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf added a goal and two assists, and Adam Henrique also scored. Rakell scored with 20.9 seconds remaining in the third period to make it 5-4 and then tied it with 6.3 seconds to play.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Daniel Sedin broke a tie with 8:17 to play with his second goal of the game and Vancouver beat Arizona.
On the winner, Sedin tipped in a long shot from Brock Boeser for his 18th goal of the season. Darren Archibald scored a short-handed goal with 5:52 to go, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 42 shots to help Vancouver win for the second time in six games.