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Sabres edge Bruins, 4-3

Wednesday, 03.29.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sabres edge Bruins, 4-3
By Jeremy Lemoine

Buffalo, NY - J.P. Dumont scored his second goal of the night to give the Sabres a lead they never relinquished as they went on to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Wednesday night. The Sabres, who scored two power play goals on the night, snapped a six-game losing skid and won the season series 7-1. David Tanabe and Marty Reasoner each added a goal and an assist for the B's. Tim Thomas finished with 28 saves.

"The difference in the game was (Buffalo) getting two power play goals against us," said Head Coach Mike Sullivan. "We had opportunities to get the puck down the ice, but when you don't get the 200-foot clear, you end up spending all that time in your own end. It's hard to spend that much time in your own end against a team with a potent power play. They took advantage."

The Sabres entered the game with the second best power play in the league. Ranked only behind Detroit, Buffalo owns a 20.8 percent success rate and capitalized on two in the third period.

The Sabres scored the second power play goal, the game-winner, just 52 seconds after Marty Reasoner tied it for the Bruins at 3-3 off a Brad Isbister feed. Daniel Briere fed J.P. Dumont as he raced to the Boston goal and quickly one-timed the pass into a wide-open left side of the Bruins' goal.

Buffalo took a 3-2 lead 1:16 into the third period when Chris Drury scored the first Sabres power play goal. From the slot, Tim Connolly hit Drury camped out to the right of Thomas. Drury gathered in the pass and beat Thomas with a snap shot from 13 feet out for his 25th of the year.

The second period proved that it's a game of inches, as the Bruins rang the post four times in the period and ended up with only one goal.

Before the barrage of hit posts, Andre Roy centered a pass to Maxim Afinogenov, who snuck it by Thomas' left leg as he slid across the crease for a 2-1 Buffalo lead.

Then, Buffalo's Henrik Tallinder went to the penalty box for interference and the Bruins iron woes began. Maruisz Czerkawski hit the left post first at 7:03 and 11 seconds later, Brad Isbister banged the right one. Two minutes after that, Brad Boyes struck a post for the third time from just inside the right face-off circle.
Finally, at 13:08, Brad Stuart beat Miller on a pass to the front of the goal by Boyes. Stuart's goal knotted the game at two and gave him his 11th goal of the season, a new career high.

"Whenever I can jump in and contribute offensively, it's always nice," said Stuart. "Obviously, it's not my first priority, but when I get the chance I try to take advantage."

With 1:08 left, Tanabe nearly tied it when he rang the fourth post of the period for the Bruins. The play went under review, but the referees declared it was not a goal.

David Tanabe did, however, notch his fourth goal of the season at 6:47 of the first period. Tanabe rushed the puck down ice and into the Buffalo corner. From the corner, he brought the puck to the net and roofed it over Miller's shoulder for the 1-0 Bruins lead.

"I didn't feel like I played that well in our last game (against Florida), so I really wanted to come out tonight and play well right from the start," said Tanabe.

The lead stood for most of the period until just 1:14 remaining. Connolly set up Dumont in front of the net for No. 16 of the season to tie it at one apiece before the first period intermission.

The Bruins will travel to Montreal on Saturday to begin a two-game series with the Canadiens. The Bruins play Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. and then again on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., both at Montreal's Bell Centre.

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