Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - David Krejci scored the game-winning goal with
7:06 left to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 decision over the Buffalo Sabres
Anton Khudobin turned away all 26 shots he faced to notch his first shutout of
the season, and the second of his career.
Krejci also had an assist, while Nathan Horton chipped in with a goal and an
assist for the Bruins, who stopped a two-game skid. With the win, Boston
trails the Montreal Canadiens (49) by one point for first place in the
"It was better, absolutely. And I think we're going to call it a step
forward," Boston head coach Claude Julien said. "The effort tonight was much
better. We're skating better."
Ryan Miller stopped 29 of the 31 shots faced for the Sabres, who have dropped
Horton threw a backhand on net, but it was turned away by Miller in traffic.
Krejci, though, came up with the puck and easily put it in the back of the
Just over three minutes later Horton lit the lamp to give the Bruins some
insurance. Milan Lucic skated down the left side and dumped the puck back to
Krejci, who let a backhander fly toward the net. Horton redirected the disc
past Miller for his 11th goal of the season.
"I did not see him coming to be honest," Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera said
of his defense on Horton.
Buffalo wasted several opportunities to score over the final five minutes of
the game. Khudobin turned away Drew Stafford's wrister and just over a minute
later made a spectacular save on Tyler Myers' backhanded try.
Khudobin stoned both Jason Pominville and Christian Ehrhoff, and the Bruins
didn't allow the Sabres to get another shot off the rest of the game.
Lucic picked up his 15th assist of the season ... The Bruins, who entered the
contest with the top penalty kill unit in the league, held the Sabres
scoreless over four power plays ... Boston will host Ottawa on Tuesday ... The
Bruins outshot the Sabres 31-26 ... Buffalo will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.