NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Boston
(Saturday, November 8th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Buffalo 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Manny Fernandez stopped 32 shots, and the Boston Bruins downed the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1.
Chuck Kobasew had a goal and an assist for the streaking Bruins, who have won three in a row and six of seven. Dennis Wideman and Marc Savard also scored for Boston, which rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three unanswered scores.
Ryan Miller had 37 saves for Buffalo, which has dropped five of seven. Tim Connolly tallied the only goal for the Sabres.
"Tim (Thomas) had played five straight games," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien of his decision to give Fernandez the start. "It's a long year. It was a good time for Manny to come in. Tonight he showed that he can be just as good. We've got two good goaltenders and we should be looking at the fact that we have a position of strength and we have to use it."
Connolly beat Fernandez with a wrister at 10:16 of the first period, the first goal of the season for the center. The goal, which came on assists from Jason Pominville and Craig Rivet, gave the Sabres a 1-0 edge.
Connolly had missed the last 10 games with a back injury.
Boston tied it a little more than seven minutes later on Wideman's tally. Wideman caught Miller out of position after the Sabres goalie played the puck, and the Bruins defenseman took advantage by uncorking a 57-foot slapshot that found the net with 2:24 left in the first.
Kobasew gave the Bruins the lead with his first goal of the season, a wrister past Miller 2:47 into the second period. Savard added an insurance goal at 7:59, a snapshot for his sixth score of the season.
"I thought in the second period it was pretty tightly contested," said Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. "(After that) we weren't good with the puck, we gave it away and when you give it away you give up opportunities. It gave their transition game a chance to get started."
Despite trailing by two goals after two periods, the Sabres were still outshot 16-8 in the third period, and could not generate an offensive attack to climb back into the game.
This was the Sabres' first regulation loss on the road this season. Buffalo is now 4-1-2 away from home...The Sabres had taken three straight and four of five between the clubs, including the last two in Boston...Neither team registered a power-play score. Each had two chances. The Sabres have killed 31-of-32 power plays on the road....The Bruins' four-game win streak at home is their longest at TD Banknorth Garden since they won four straight here January 8-19, 2004.
11/08 22:44:38 ET