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Thursday, January 15th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (19-11-10-4) at Buffalo Sabres (18-21-5-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to stretch their unbeaten streak to seven games tonight when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

Boston is 5-0-1 during its spurt, including four consecutive victories. On Monday the Bruins posted a 4-3 decision over the Sabres at FleetCenter.

Sergei Samsonov scored on the power play midway through the third period to lead the effort. Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Joe Thornton posted a goal and an assist for the Bruins, while netminder Andrew Raycroft made 19 saves.

Bergeron is second in the NHL among rookies with 13 goals -- two behind the Islanders' Trent Hunter. He has tallied five times in six games this month.

The Bruins have not allowed a power-play goal in their last five games, killing off all 18 of their shorthanded situations in that span.

Boston, with 52 points, is fourth in the Northeast Division standings -- seven behind first-place Toronto.

The Bruins, who have won two straight on the road, will visit Ottawa on Saturday.

Buffalo, meanwhile, has won two of its last three games and is 4-2-2 in the last eight. On Tuesday, Curtis Brown recorded two goals and Mika Noronen turned aside 35-of-37 shots, as the Sabres continued their winning ways at home with a 6-2 pounding of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Chris Drury posted a goal and two assists for the Sabres, who are now 5-0-2 in their last seven games on home ice. Daniel Briere, Jason Botterill and Chris Taylor also tallied in the victory.

Briere leads the team with 15 goals and has tallied in three straight games.

Buffalo will open a five-game road trip Saturday on Long Island.

Boston has won five of the last seven meetings with Buffalo, although the B's have dropped their last two at HSBC.

01/15 10:37:48 ET

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