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Thursday, February 5th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (26-14-11-4) at Buffalo Sabres (23-25-5-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins seek their fifth consecutive victory tonight when they visit the also-surging Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

Boston's last triumph was a 5-4 decision over visiting Atlanta on Tuesday. Brian Rolston scored the game-winner with 1:33 left in the third period to give the B's the two points.

Rolston camped himself in the slot and scored the winner on the rebound of a shot by Sergei Samsonov. Joe Thornton had a huge night with two goals and an assist in the win, while Patrice Bergeron and Glen Murray each lit the lamp.

Murray has 10 goals in last nine games, and leads the team with 22 tallies for the season.

Felix Potvin turned aside 26 shots for the Bruins, who are 12-3-2 in their last 17 games overall.

Boston, which trails Toronto by just two points in the Northeast Division standings, is 5-1-1 in its last seven away tilts. The Bruins will play seven straight on the road beginning tonight, and will next take the ice on Tuesday in Pittsburgh following the All-Star break.

Buffalo has also won four straight contests, including last Saturday's 3-1 win over the visiting Rangers to complete a home-and-home sweep. Maxim Afinogenov's first-period goal held up as the game-winner.

J.P. Dumont and Miroslav Satan also scored for Buffalo, which also beat the Rangers 3-1 on Friday. Martin Biron stopped 31 shots for the Sabres, winners of five of their last six.

The team has compiled a four-game win streak for the first time this season, while Biron has won five straight decisions, allowing just seven goals in that time.

Biron is 12-2-1 when the Sabres score three or more goals this season compared to just 1-8-3 when his team posts two scores or less.

The Sabres, seven points out if eighth place in the East, will host San Jose on Tuesday.

Boston is 2-1 against Buffalo this season, as the Sabres snapped a three-game series losing streak with a 3-2 win in Beantown on January 22.

02/05 10:16:24 ET


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