|BOS||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||6|
|BUF||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m. EST.
It's been more than 11 years since the Buffalo Sabres won five straight games.
The Boston Bruins did it last month.
Two of the league's hottest teams - both seeking their fifth straight victory - meet at HSBC Arena.
Though the teams in front of them continue to win, the Sabres have pulled within seven points of the New York Islanders for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Buffalo has been off since completing a home-and-home sweep of the New York Rangers with a 3-1 victory Saturday.
Buffalo hasn't won five in a row since a six-game streak during the 1992-93 season.
"Guys are feeling like they're accomplishing something, but it's far from being mission accomplished," Biron said. "We have to keep our focus on the goal, and our goal is to keep moving up, getting some points, getting some wins."
Biron has won each of his last five starts while yielding seven goals.
Boston is coming off its fourth straight win, 5-4 over visiting Atlanta on Tuesday. Joe Thornton and Glen Murray combined for three goals and two assists and Brian Rolston snapped a tie with 93 seconds left in regulation.
The Bruins have been one of the league's hottest teams in 2004, going 12-3-1 to move within two points of Northeast Division-leading Toronto.
"We've got a lot of guys committed to doing the little things and the little things lead to the big things," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "It's about holding everyone accountable and our players are buying into that."
"It's easy to play with those two," Rolston said. "Sergei dances with the puck and finds me. I try to get away from them. I don't want to get in their way."
Boston's top line of Thornton, Murray and Mike Knuble has been even better, producing six goals and six assists in the last two games. Murray may be the league's hottest player with goals in five straight games. He has 10 goals and three assists in his last nine contests.
Raycroft has allowed two goals during a personal three-game win streak, and is among the league leaders with a 1.89 goals-against average.
|Mar 13 '04||BUF 2 at BOS 3 - OT||M. Knuble|
|Mar 11 '04||BOS 3 at BUF 2 - OT||M. Knuble|
|Feb 05 '04||BOS 6 at BUF 2||P. Axelsson|
|Jan 22 '04||BUF 3 at BOS 2||M. Satan|
|Jan 15 '04||BOS 1 at BUF 0||S. Samsonov|
|Jan 12 '04||BUF 3 at BOS 4||S. Samsonov|