NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, February 1st
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (34-14-4) at Boston Bruins (22-23-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will try to save face after a one-sided
loss when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to TD Banknorth Garden tonight for
the finale of a home-and-home series.
The Sabres pounded Boston, 7-1, in Buffalo on Tuesday night. Daniel Briere's
hat trick and Maxim Afinogenov's three assists led the Sabres to the easy
victory at HSBC Arena.
Briere has been hot for the Sabres recently, registering a point in six
straight games. This year's All-Star Game MVP has five goals and six assists
during that stretch.
Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville each posted a goal and one assist while Paul
Gaustad and Chris Drury also lit the lamp for the Sabres, who ended their
three-game losing streak.
Derek Roy, Toni Lydman and Jochen Hecht picked up two helpers each for
Buffalo. Martin Biron stopped 25 shots for his 10th win of the season.
Glen Murray tallied the lone goal for the Bruins, who have lost four straight
and eight of their last 10 games. Boston has been outscored 19-3 over its last
Hannu Toivonen was torched for six goals on 23 shots before exiting after two
periods in Tuesday's loss. Tim Thomas stopped 11-of-12 shots in a third-period
Tonight begins a three-game road trip for the Sabres, who have identical
17-7-2 records at home and away from Buffalo this year.
The Bruins are 14-10-2 as the host this year.
Buffalo has dominated the series with the Bruins recently, taking four of the
five matchups this year and 11 of the last 13 overall.
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