Photo: Dalai Lama sports a Bruins cap

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The Boston Bruins didn’t have a morning skate in preparation for their game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday for one of the best reasons one can conjure: the Dalai Lama was at TD Garden this morning.

One would think that the Bruins are OK with this situation, especially considering the moment when “His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet” donned a Bruins hat (via comedian Lenny Clarke):

/Files this under “Things you never expected to see.”

Then again, maybe the Montreal Canadiens actually have the edge in this area (gasps):

Bruins coach praises Sabres, who ‘came to play’

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The Boston Bruins needed a third-period comeback, then overtime, to get by the woeful Sabres last night in Buffalo.

Despite the welcome two points for Boston, it wasn’t the dominant performance many were expecting against arguably the worst team in the NHL.

Overall, though, B’s coach Claude Julien was happy with the result, and to get back to .500 (6-6-0).

“We have to be careful of those games. Buffalo played by far their best game of the year and that’s coming from their organization, their team members and all of that stuff,” said Julien, per CSN New England. “This is the NHL. There are no easy games in the league. I know we want to look at the standings and say ‘Wow, we just barely got past these guys.’ Our skating and forecheck was probably not at the top of what we expect, which means our back pressure suffered.

“Our skating game wasn’t at its best. But we still broke out of our end much better, and we didn’t give them much. In our books they had about four scoring chances at even strength, and we gave them just three shots in the second period. So there were things to build off of. [Buffalo] came to play.”

Missing injured defensemen Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Kevan Miller, the Bruins played last night with one blue-liner, Joe Morrow, who was making his NHL debut, and a couple of others — Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky — who don’t have much more NHL experience than Morrow.

Yet even with all that inexperience on the back end, the B’s still managed to limit Buffalo to just 15 shots, compared to Boston’s 37.

So actually, in terms of the shot disparity, the Bruins did end up dominating. The thing is, much of that disparity was built in the third period, with the Sabres trying to protect a 2-1 lead and the B’s desperate to avoid an embarrassing defeat. Other teams have dominated Buffalo right from the start.

“We’re a .500 team right now, and the guys are still trying to find that confidence level that comes with winning on a regular basis,” said Julien. “So it’s something to build on, and we’ve got a bigger test [Saturday at home to Ottawa].”

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Video: Bruins’ Marchand scores off his glove

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Just when it looked like the Buffalo Sabres might upset the Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand had a Loui Eriksson shot deflect off his glove and past Jhonas Enroth tying the game 2-2.

The play was reviewed and ruled a good goal.

Not a bad night for Marchand, who was reportedly a game-time decision.

With his assist on the goal, Eriksson picked up his 400th career point.

Video: Sabres’ Ennis, Moulson sandwich Bruins’ Marchand

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Not too many people will feel sorry for gritty Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand, but he was sandwiched pretty good by Sabres forwards Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson tonight in Buffalo.

Live:

Replays:

Marchand was shaken up and slow to the Boston bench, but remains in the game.

Bruised Bruins: With Krug hurt, Boston recalls AHL defensemen (Updated)

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Boston’s thinned-out blueline suffered another hit on Tuesday night, prompting a quick response Wednesday morning.

After Torey Krug was hurt late in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to Minnesota, the B’s recalled a pair of defensemen from AHL Providence today: Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky, per the Providence Journal.

UPDATE: The Bruins have made the moves official, along with news that Krug will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a broken finger.

More, from CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty:

Krug finished the Wild game with a whopping 24:07 TOI, but wasn’t out in the final moments when the B’s pulled Tuukka Rask for an extra skater while looking for the equalizing goal. The 24-year-old leads all Boston d-men in scoring this season, with six points in 11 games.

The Bruins are already without the services of Zdeno Chara — sidelined 4-6 weeks with a torn PCL in his knee — and Kevan Miller (dislocated shoulder); they also traded away Johnny Boychuk just prior to the start of the regular season due to a salary cap crunch.

The result is that Boston could now head into Thursday’s game in Buffalo with a top-six defense of Dennis Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman, Matt Bartkowski and either one of Warsofsky or Morrow.