A costly giveaway didn't prevent Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff from giving Derek Roy a second chance.
The Sabres center delivered, scoring the decisive goal in the fourth shootout round of a 2-1 win over the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins on Friday night.
''I just felt in the shootout, `OK, I'm going to give you a chance to get it back for us,''' Ruff said, explaining his decision to send out Roy. ''It was great to see it go in. It was great to see him respond and get us that goal.''
After Boston's David Krejci and Buffalo's Thomas Vanek traded shootout goals, Roy scored by driving in from the right side and faking cutting across the front. That's when he quickly leaned into a backhander, lifting a shot that glanced off goalie Tuukka Rask's glove, off the right post and in.
Boston's Benoit Pouliot had a chance to force a fifth round, but shot wide of the net.
''Big goal for us,'' Roy said. ''Huge goal for us.''
For Roy, the goal made up for his giveaway that led to...