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Saturday, March 4th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (37-16-5) at Boston Bruins (25-25-10), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres hope to draw within point-blank range of first place in the Northeast Division tonight when they visit the Boston Bruins for the opener of a home-and-home at TD Banknorth Garden.

Buffalo, with 79 points, is four behind Ottawa in the standings. The Senators visit Toronto this evening.

On Friday, Derek Roy registered his first career hat trick and Maxim Afinogenov had three assists in Buffalo's 6-2 victory over the Maple Leafs, on Pat LaFontaine night at HSBC Arena.

Chris Drury, Daniel Briere and Thomas Vanek also scored for the Sabres, while Ryan Miller stopped 21 shots. The Sabres ended a two-game slide and won for the first time in two games after the Olympic break.

Buffalo will host Boston on Tuesday to complete this set.

The Bruins, meanwhile, hope to build on Thursday's 3-2 win over visiting Atlanta. Marco Sturm netted the game winner and Andrew Raycroft made 20 saves to lead the B's.

Glen Murray and Tom Fitzgerald also scored for the Bruins, who brought a three-game losing streak to a halt. Brad Boyes added an assist and now has eight points (1g, 7a) in his last six games.

Boston, with 60 points, is tied with Atlanta for ninth in the Eastern Conference -- four behind eighth-place Montreal for the final playoff spot.

Buffalo is 3-0 against Boston this season after losing the previous three clashes.

03/04 10:20:09 ET

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