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NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Boston

(Monday, January 12th)

Final Score: Boston 4, Buffalo 3

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Sergei Samsonov scored on the power play midway through the third period to lead Boston to a 4-3 win over Buffalo at the FleetCenter.

Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Joe Thornton posted a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who earned their fourth straight victory overall and remained unbeaten in their last six (5-0-1). Andrew Raycroft made 19 saves.

Jochen Hecht notched a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who lost for the second time in their last seven games (3-2-2) and are winless in their last four on the road (0-3-1). Daniel Briere and Jason Botterill also notched goals for Buffalo. Martin Biron equaled Raycroft by stopping 19 shots.

Samsonov put the Bruins ahead 4-3 on the power play with 7:12 remaining in the third period. His eighth goal of the season came on a slap shot from the left point.

Bergeron bridged the second and third periods with two goals to force a 3-3 tie with 15 1/2 minutes remaining in the contest.

He converted a rebound near the left goalpost with 4:52 left in the second period, then beat a diving Martin Biron from the right post 4:23 into the third period.

Briere's tip-in goal 4:08 into the first period opened a 1-0 lead for the Sabres. Positioned near the left goalpost, he redirected a shot by Hecht into the net.

Boston forged a 1-1 tie on Thornton's 10th of the season at the 9:35 mark of the first. Seconds after coming out of the penalty box, Brian Rolston gathered a loose puck and skated into the right corner. He fed a pass into the left faceoff circle to Thornton, who scored on a slapper.

A shorthanded goal by Hecht with seven minutes left in the period put Buffalo ahead 2-1. He skated through the right circle and beat Andrew Raycroft with a backhand shot.

Mike Knuble appeared to add a goal for the Bruins late in the period, but a video review showed his stick hit the puck above the crossbar.

Botterill's first goal of the season pushed the Buffalo edge to 3-1 early in the second period. Derek Roy slid the puck to Botterill in front of the crease, who slipped it past Raycroft.

Game Notes

Brian Rolston registered two assists for the Bruins, who are unbeaten in their last five at home (4-0-1)...Buffalo was 0-for-4 on the power play...Before the game, Boston retired Cam Neely's No. 8. He became the 10th player in franchise history to be honored. In 525 regular season games with the Bruins, Neely scored 344 goals and 246 assists for 590 points while accumulating 921 penalty minutes.

01/12 22:32:07 ET

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