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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Buffalo



(Tuesday, January 30th)

Final Score: Buffalo 7, Boston 1

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Daniel Briere's hat trick and Maxim Afinogenov's three assists led the Buffalo Sabres to a 7-1 thrashing of the Boston Bruins at HSBC Arena.

Thomas Vanek posted a goal and one assist, as did Jason Pominville, while Paul Gaustad and Chris Drury also lit the lamp for the Sabres, who emphatically ended their three-game losing streak.

Derek Roy, Toni Lydman and Jochen Hecht picked up two helpers each and Martin Biron stopped 25 shots for his 10th win of the season.

Glen Murray tallied for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and eight of their last 10 games. Hannu Toivonen was torched for six goals on 23 shots before exiting after two periods. Tim Thomas stopped 11-of-12 shots in a third-period relief effort in the front end of a home-and-home series. The teams will play in Boston on Thursday.

Up by one goal after the opening 20 minutes, Buffalo put the game away with a powerhouse performance, netting four goals in the second on a beleaguered Bruins squad.

It was 3-1 at 5:17 of the second, when Brian Campbell's pass from inside his own blueline found a streaking Briere, who tucked a shot just past Toivonen's outstretched pad on a breakaway chance.

Gaustad pumped a shot in the top right corner from 10 feet out off a great feed from Roy just 79 seconds later, and the Sabres led 4-1.

Pominville finished off a shorthanded 2-on-1 break with Lydman for a four-goal Sabre lead with 4:49 left in the period; then Briere added his 20th of the season a little over two minutes later and the Sabres headed into the final 20 minutes with a 6-1 advantage.

"We were struggling with the one goal lead," said Briere. "Tonight we made sure we didn?t stop with the one goal lead, we just kept scoring goals. We knew they played late last night, got in late. We wanted to get at them right from the beginning. We wanted to come out strong."

With Thomas in the net replacing Toivonen, the fireworks continued. Briere struck for his third of the night and 21st of the season at 12:08 of the third period with assists by Lydman and Jochen Hecht for a 7-1 score. It was his second hat trick of his career.

Facing a sluggish, last-place Bruins team, Buffalo's 20th-ranked power play sprang to life early on, as the visitors were whistled for four consecutive penalties in the game's first seven minutes.

With a 5-on-3 advantage, Vanek gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 2:15, stashing home the rebound of Pominville's right point shot as he skated untouched in the slot.

Boston survived the ensuing 5-on-3 and the 5-on-4 after that, but when Marc Savard went to the box for interference, Drury tipped home Nathan Paetsch's shot through Toivonen's pads for a 2-0 lead at 8:33.

However, Murray would make it 2-1 with the B's on their first two-man advantage as his left circle drive found a space between Biron's arm and body with 3:16 to play in the first. That would be the highlight of Boston's night as the Bruins were badly outplayed for the remainder of the game.

"Any loss is frustrating, any time you lose a game it's tough to swallow, especially now when you lose a number of games in a row," said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. "We got behind the eight ball with the penalties we took. Obviously, when you take that many penalties in early game you put the other team on the horse and give them momentum."

Game Notes

The Sabres have won 11 of the last 13 meetings, and four of five this season...Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts left the game late in the first period after being hit squarely in the face with a shot, but he returned for the start of the second...Briere has five goals and 11 points in a six-game point streak...Boston has been outscored 19-3 in its last four games.

01/30 23:10:33 ET

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