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GAME: Boston Bruins (25-26-10) at Buffalo Sabres (38-16-5).
TIME: Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST.
The Buffalo Sabres look to sweep a home-and-home series from the Boston Bruins, and remain unbeaten against their Northeast Division rivals this season when the teams meet at HSBC Arena.
Buffalo improved to 4-0 against the Bruins this season with a 3-2 win at Boston on Saturday. Backup goalie Martin Biron made 40 saves, including 20 in the third period, in his first appearance since Jan. 21.
"I can play whenever they want me to play. I told them that. I'm well rested," Biron said jokingly. "I looked up with about 5 minutes left and saw 38, 39 shots and had to blink for a second to make sure which side it was."
The Sabres were outshot 42-25 and fell behind 2-0 early in the first period, but Biron didn't allow another goal over the final 52:55. Jochen Hecht made it a one-goal game late in the first period, and Daniel Briere tied it early in the second with his fourth goal in five games.
J.P. Dumont gave Buffalo the lead at 15:02 of the second period by one-timing a pass from Hecht in the right circle past goalie Andrew Raycroft's glove side. Hecht and Briere had two assists each.
Biron stopped 31 shots over the final two periods, including three in an impressive sequence 5 minutes into the third. He denied Marco Sturm in front, Brad Boyes on the rebound and Sturm again on the ensuing faceoff.
Saturday's win was Buffalo's second in three games since the Olympic break.
The Bruins, who have lost two of three since the break, get another chance to beat the Sabres after winning five of six meetings in the series in 2003-04. Saturday's game was the first time this season that Boston outshot Buffalo.
"We certainly generated enough scoring chances, especially in the third period. On most nights, enough to win," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. "Biron made some good stops, especially down the stretch."
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was 8-3-4 while starting 15 of 17 games leading up to the break, but Raycroft faced 25 shots Saturday in his second start in three games since NHL play has resumed.
This is the second of three meetings between these clubs in a nine-day span. They square off again Sunday in Buffalo.
STANDINGS: Bruins - 60 points, 4th place, 27 PB, Northeast Division. Sabres - 81 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Sturm, 23 goals; Patrice Bergeron, 32 assists and 51 points; Hal Gill, 86 PIM. Sabres - Ales Kotalik, 21 goals; Maxim Afinogenov and Teppo Numminen, 31 assists; Afinogenov, 46 points; Andrew Peters, 63 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins - Power play: 15.6 percent (50 for 321), 24th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.7 percent (304 for 359), 7th. Sabres - Power play: 20.7 percent (74 for 357), 2nd. Penalty killing: 86.5 percent (269 for 311), 2nd.
GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Thomas (8-4-4, 1 SO, 2.28 GAA); Raycroft (8-17-2, 3.58). Sabres - Ryan Miller (21-8-2, 2.27); Biron (16-6-3, 2.94).
SEASON SERIES: Sabres, 4-0.
LAST MEETING: Saturday; Sabres, 3-2. At Boston, Sturm and Glen Murray scored for the Bruins.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 13-14-4 on the road; Sabres - 19-8-3 at home.
|Mar 29 '06||BOS 3 at BUF 4||J. Dumont|
|Mar 25 '06||BUF 4 at BOS 5||M. Sturm|
|Mar 12 '06||BOS 2 at BUF 6||A. Kotalik|
|Mar 07 '06||BOS 2 at BUF 3||J. Hecht|
|Mar 04 '06||BUF 3 at BOS 2||J. Dumont|
|Nov 19 '05||BUF 3 at BOS 2||H. Tallinder|
|Oct 20 '05||BUF 4 at BOS 3||A. Kotalik|
|Oct 07 '05||BOS 1 at BUF 4||M. Grier|