NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Boston
(Saturday, October 21st)
Final Score: Buffalo 6, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Chris Drury scored twice and Brian Campbell had three assists as Buffalo remained the NHL's only unbeaten team this season following a 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.
Thomas Vanek scored once and had two assists for the Sabres, who at 8-0 tied their best start to a season, equaling the 1975-76 club. They've also won 13 straight regular season contests going back to April.
"I think we're definitely enjoying it," Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said. "You enjoy it for that little period of time after games where you reflect on the game and think we made some nice plays and scored some nice goals and then you're moving on to the next game."
The Sabres can set the team record with a 9-0 start with a win at Montreal Monday. The 1975-76 team lost its ninth game, at Toronto. The NHL record for longest winning streak from the start of a season is 10 games, by Toronto in 1993-94.
Maxim Afinogenov tallied a goal and an assist, while Martin Biron made 24 saves for the Sabres. Ales Kotalik and Jason Pominville each added goals for Buffalo.
"It's fun when the team is winning, that's the most important thing for us," Afinogenov said. "It's definitely teamwork. All the lines keep going for us. All the lines can put the puck in right now and all the lines are dangerous right now, that's why we're winning."
Wade Brookbank and Phil Kessel scored for the Bruins, who have lost four of their last five. Hannu Toivonen stopped 13-of-17 shots before being replaced in the second period. Tim Thomas made 11 saves in relief.
"They're on a roll now. They have confidence," Thomas said of the Sabres. "They're playing like they know they're going to win. You have to build that. We can't just come out and pretend that the next game."
The Sabres took the lead for good after a mistake from Toivonen. He tried to clear the puck from the crease, but dropped his stick. Kotalik pounced on the puck to the left of the net and scored easily with 7:07 left in the first for a 2-1 margin.
Buffalo scored twice in a span of 1:39 early in the second to move ahead by three goals. Pominville scored from a tough angle to the left of the net at 1:17 on the power play and Afinogenov boosted the advantage moments later.
Kessel scored his first career goal just 18 seconds later from the inside edge of the right circle for a 4-2 contest. However, Drury lit the lamp on the power play at 5:29 of the third and less than four minutes later, Vanek scored.
Drury's first goal of the night came at 6:08 of the first on a one-timer from the left circle.
Boston tied it less than two minutes later on Brookbank's wrister from the left circle.
Buffalo went 7-1 against the Bruins last season and has won nine of the last 13 meetings...Drury has scored at least one point in seven of Buffalo's first eight games...Buffalo hasn't lost a regular season game since April 7 versus Philadelphia. Buffalo's last regular season road loss was April 1 at Toronto. The Sabres have outscored their opponents 65-27 during the stretch, which includes three shootout victories and two shutouts.
10/21 23:34:47 ET