NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Boston
(Tuesday, February 5th)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Daniel Paille scored a pair of goals to lift the Buffalo Sabres past the Boston Bruins, 4-2, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Toni Lydman and Thomas Vanek added a goal each for the Sabres, who have won four of their last five overall.
Ryan Miller was back between the pipes for Buffalo after leaving his last start with a lower body injury. He ended with 30 saves in a winning effort.
"Our willingness is there and our desperation has to be there every night. Tonight we were going for pucks and supported our defense well," Miller said.
P.J. Axelsson paced his club with a goal and an assist and Mark Stuart had a late goal for Boston, which has dropped two straight. Tim Thomas turned away 24 shots in net.
Buffalo opened the scoring 3:30 into the contest, as Jason Pominville's snapshot from the right wing was redirected in front by Paille.
Boston evened the contest midway through the first. David Krejci's initial try caromed off a defender and the right post, but Axelsson pounced on the loose puck and punched it home.
Vanek put the Sabres back in front at the 5:44 mark of the second with a redirect tally off the pass from Drew Stafford.
The scoring went silent until the latter stages of the third, when the Sabres lit the lamp twice to put the game on ice.
Paille got his second goal of the night with 6:06 to play, as Jochen Hecht's feed from the top of the left circle hit off his skate and in.
Lydman upped the lead to 4-1 with 1:33 remaining on a wrister that beat a screened Thomas.
"For two periods, it could have gone either way. But still for those two periods, I sensed they were more desperate. In the third period, they put it away," said Bruins coach Claude Julien.
Stuart scored with just a second remaining for the final margin.
Boston's next game will be in Buffalo on Friday night, but this is not technically a home-and-home series since the Sabres will host New Jersey before meeting the Bruins again...Boston was 0-for-3 on the power play.
02/05 23:58:42 ET