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Krejci, Rask lead Bruins over Sabres

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Krejci recorded a goal and an assist as the Boston Bruins topped the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Saturday.

Krejci broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period and assisted on Milan Lucic's insurance goal in the third. Reilly Smith scored a pair of goals, including an empty-netter in the closing seconds.

Tuukka Rask made 34 saves to help Boston get revenge for a 4-2 loss in Buffalo on Thursday in the first game of the home-and-home.

Zemgus Girgensons netted the lone Buffalo goal, while Jhonas Enroth yielded three goals on 38 shots in the setback. The loss snapped the Sabres' two- game winning streak.

Boston opened the scoring midway through the first period when Smith slapped a one-timer past Enroth. Carl Soderberg received a pass from Ryan Spooner near the goal and fed a slashing Smith, whose power-play tally made it 1-0.

Girgensons' goal knotted it at 1 apiece with 1:06 left in the first period. Matt Moulson was all alone in front of the goal and tried to sneak a wrister past Rask, who turned it away, but Girgensons was there to tap in the rebound.

Rask's save on Moulson sprung a 3-on-2 rush for the Bruins, as Krejci drove home the eventual game-winner just 1:47 into the second on a pass from Jarome Iginla.

Lucic took advantage of Iginla's screen in front of the net and scored to make it 3-1 early in the third period.

Rask carried Boston from there, turning away all 14 shots he faced in the final frame.

Game Notes

Buffalo went 0-for-6 on the power play ... The Bruins won 61 percent (43- of-70) of the face-offs ... Boston will visit Nashville on Monday, while the Sabres return home to host Phoenix.

12/21 23:09:00 ET