Stafford

Right about the 10:55 mark of the third period, the Bruins wished Drew Stafford had waited one more game to make his return to the Buffalo lineup.

The Sabres winger returned from a four-game absence to score a hat trick, including the game-winner with 9:05 left in regulation, in a 3-2 win over the Bruins at HSBC Arena.

Boston had led the game 1-0 and 2-1 but the Sabres replied 1:12 and 32 seconds later, respectively, after each Bruins goal.

Here’s a quick glance at the box score:

•Tuukka Rask made his second start in three games for the Bruins and made 32 saves on 35 shots.

•Michael Ryder and David Krejci scored the Bruins’ goals, with rookie Steve Kampfer picking up his first NHL point by assisting on Ryder’s goal.

•Milan Lucic led the Bruins with seven hits, but his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from the bench put the Bruins shorthanded for the final 1:38 of the game.