BOSTON - APRIL 21: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins tries to keep the puck as Toni Lydman #5 of the Buffalo Sabres defends in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 21, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Sabres 3-2 in double overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Sabres Stay Alive, Beat the Bruins 4-1

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VIDEO: Chara Won't Be Suspended Despite Instigator Penalty In Game 5

SBN's Bruins blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder, has the story from a wild final few seconds at HSBC Arena on Friday night in Game 5 between Boston and Buffalo:

Things got a little heated in the closing moments of the game. In the final seconds of the game, Paul Gaustad slashed the back of Zdeno Chara's leg. Chara was naturally angered by the unnecessary hack away from the play in the closing seconds of a 4-1 hockey game and went after Gaustad and sent off a scrum that resulted in 55 total penalty minutes, including a fight instigator for Chara. A fight instigator in the final 5 minutes of a game carries an automatic one-game suspension, but the league can overturn the suspension. Darren Dreger of the TSN.ca is reporting that Chara will not be suspended for Game 6.

Here's video of the incident:

Buffalo won the game, 4-1, to keep their season alive.

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Buffalo Reaction: Sabres Aren't Going Away Quietly

The Buffalo Sabres kept their season alive with a convincing win over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. At SBN's Sabres blog, Die By The Blade, they saw their team play their best game of the series.

The Buffalo Sabres had their backs against the wall and tonight they responded with their most dominating performance of the playoffs. After losing three of the first games the Sabres could have given up and looked towards next season but instead they showed up and proved a point. The point...We aren't going away quietly.

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Buffalo Sabres Stay Alive With 4-1 Game Five Win Over Boston Bruins

For more information on this game, please visit our Sabres site, Die By The Blade, and our Bruins site, Stanley Cup Of Chowder

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Miller stopped 34-of-35 shots and Jason Pominville registered a goal and one assist as Buffalo stayed alive with a 4-1 decision over Boston in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal set from HSBC Arena.

Adam Mair, Mike Grier and Tyler Ennis also tallied for the Sabres, who faced a 3-1 series deficit coming in and staved off elimination without the services of forward Thomas Vanek, lost since Game 2 with a high ankle sprain.

Johnny Boychuk scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who had taken the previous two games on home ice and return to Boston for Game 6 on Monday with another chance to close out the series.

Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 32 shots in the loss

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7:00 P.M: Surprising Bruins Hope To Eliminate Sabres Tonight In Buffalo

For more information on this game, please visit our Sabres site, Die By The Blade, and our Bruins site, Stanley Cup Of Chowder.

(Sports Network) - The sixth-seeded Boston Bruins will try to complete a first-round upset tonight, when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Bruins have won three straight in this series following a series-opening loss in Buffalo. Boston moved within one win of the conference semifinals following a thrilling double-overtime victory on home ice in Game 4.

Boston is 14-1 all-time when holding a three games to one lead in a best-of- seven series. The club's only collapse came in the 2004 conference quarterfinals when Montreal won the final three games to oust the Bruins in seven.

The third-seeded Sabres will try to stave off elimination tonight or else get unceremoniously bounced from their first trip to the postseason since they made it to the conference finals in the spring of 2007. Buffalo is 0-11 all- time in series after trailing 3-1.

Boston won Game 4 by a 3-2 score on Miroslav Satan's power-play tally at 7:41 of the second overtime at TD Garden. The Sabres were whistled for a too many men on the ice penalty at the 5:50 mark and Boston converted in the closing seconds of the man advantage.

Michael Ryder carried down the right wing and from the outer edge of the right circle fed back into the slot for Satan. The veteran winger skated in alone, pulled Ryan Miller out of position and slid a backhander through traffic for the game-winner. Miller played well in defeat, making 36 stops.

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron helped force overtime by netting third- period scores for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask was strong in net with 35 saves.

"It's really exciting," Rask said. "I thought both teams had chances there. At that point, it's anybody's game, and one play makes the difference. Today, we got the break."

Tim Kennedy and Steve Montador provided the offense for the Northeast Division champion Sabres, who were playing their second straight game without star winger Thomas Vanek.

"It's just disappointing, there's not much to say," said Sabres forward Drew Stafford. "We had our chances; Ryan played spectacular, gave us a chance. Even with (Boston) coming back, we still had a lot of chances. It's just unfortunate."

Vanek, who led the team with 28 goals this year, is expected to be a game-time decision tonight with the left foot injury he suffered in Game 2. He is listed as doubtful for Game 5.

Boston was a better team on the road than at home this year, posting a 21-13-7 record away from Beantown. Buffalo had a strong 25-10-6 record at HSBC Arena during the regular season.

The Bruins won four of the six regular-season meetings between the clubs and Boston has also claimed five of its seven all-time playoff encounters against the Sabres.

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