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Sabres too much for Bruins

Sunday, 03.12.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Sabres too much for Bruins
By Jeremy Lemoine

Buffalo, NY - Maxim Afinogenov, Ales Kotalik and Thomas Vanek each had three points to help power the Sabres past the Bruins, 6-2, at HSBC Arena on Sunday night. Afinogenov and Kotalik had a goal and two assists apiece, and Vanek had two goals and an assist, as the Sabres went 3 for 6 on the power play en route to their sixth win against the Bruins on the season.

The Bruins continued their goal scoring woes and dropped their fifth straight decision. Rookie defenseman Andrew Alberts registered his first career NHL goal in the second period and Brad Boyes rounded out the scoring for Boston with a goal in the third.

"I can't fault our effort and intensity tonight," said Coach Mike Sullivan. "We're trying to make a concerted effort to get the puck to the net and I thought our guys tried to do that for 60-minutes tonight.

"We gave their power play a chance to win and they took advantage of it," Sullivan added.

Derek Roy potted his 14th goal of the year midway through the first period to get things going for the Sabres. Roy connected with Afinogenov on a give-and-go to put his team up 1-0.

At 14:20 of the first, Hal Gill hauled Afinogenov down while on a breakaway which prompted a penalty shot. Afinogenov made good on the second attempt with a shot through Andrew Raycroft's legs to give Buffalo a two-goal lead.

"I thought (Afinogenov) was going to go low blocker on me," said Raycroft, who is now 0-4 on penalty shots in his career. "I've watched tape on him in shootouts and he shoots every time."

Andrew Alberts notched his first career NHL goal at 14:56 of the second period. On the penalty kill, Alberts and Glen Murray raced down ice on a 2-on-1. Murray slid it across to Alberts who roofed it for the shorthanded goal.

"I saw the opening to get up in the play with Muzz, so I figured would go," said Alberts. "I wasn't sure if it went in at first, but I'm glad it did."

Ales Kotalik and Tim Connolly also added second period goals for Buffalo, and the Sabres skated into the second intermission with a 4-1 lead.

Brad Boyes cut the Sabres lead to 4-2 just 33 seconds into the third period when Marco Sturm picked up a loose puck in the corner and threw it in front for Boyes, who redirected it past Biron for No. 17 of the season.

Thomas Vanek added two goals, his 22nd and 23rd tallies of the season, in the third period for the Sabres.

The Bruins will next play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., NESN.
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