NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, January 22nd
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (18-24-5-1) at Boston Bruins (22-12-10-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins seek their third consecutive victory
tonight when they invite the Buffalo Sabres to the FleetCenter.
Boston is fresh off a sweep of the New York Rangers in a spirited home-and-
home, and the team is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games overall. After a 5-2 home win
on Monday, the B's posted a 4-1 triumph at Madison Square Garden the following
On Tuesday, Carl Corazzini netted his first two NHL goals in just the fourth
game of his career, leading the convincing effort. Jiri Slegr scored his
second goal in as many games since being acquired from Vancouver over the
Slegr also assisted on a goal by Brian Rolston, who had a goal and two assists
for Boston, which is five points behind first-place Toronto in the Northeast
Division. Andrew Raycroft, who made 34 saves against New York Monday, turned
aside 31 shots in this one for the win.
Boston won without the services of its captain and leading scorer, Joe
Thornton, who missed the game after he sustained a facial laceration and small
fracture to his cheekbone during a fight against Eric Lindros on Monday.
Thornton will have surgery on the break and miss tonight's contest. He is day-
The Bruins, 5-0-1 in their last six at home, will host Florida on Saturday.
Buffalo, meanwhile, has lost three straight and is just 2-5-2 in its last nine
games overall. On Tuesday the Sabres dropped a 4-1 contest in Atlanta. Former
Sabre Slava Kozlov scored a pair of goals and Pasi Nurminen turned aside 24-
of-25 shots to lead Atlanta.
J.P. Dumont scored the only goal for Buffalo, which is winless in its last six
road games (0-5-1). Mika Noronen made 19 saves in the loss.
The Sabres will visit Philadelphia on Saturday.
Boston has won two games versus Buffalo this season, and taken six of the last
eight meetings overall. The Sabres are 0-5-1 in their last six trips to
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