NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 1st
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (5-5-0) at Boston Bruins (6-4-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to extend their winning streak
to three games when they visit the Boston Bruins this evening at TD Banknorth
The Sabres, last year's Presidents' Trophy winners, have evened their season
record at 5-5-0 with consecutive victories at Florida and Tampa Bay. Buffalo
already had a three-game winning streak this year from October 11-15.
The most recent win for the club came Saturday night against the Lightning.
Thomas Vanek scored with just 40.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the
Sabres to the 4-3 triumph over Tampa at St. Pete Times Forum.
In the extra session, Vanek skated through the neutral zone along the right
wing with Nathan Paetsch on his left. From the right circle Vanek threw a shot
on goal with Paetsch and the puck found its way past Johan Holmqvist for the
Paetsch and Vanek each had a goal and an assist while Ryan Miller made 31
saves for the Sabres.
Buffalo is completing a five-game road trip tonight and is 2-3-0 as the
visiting club this season. The Sabres will next host the Florida Panthers on
The Bruins have dropped two of their last three contests and were handed a
setback by the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Joffrey Lupul scored
the decisive goal and Martin Biron made 38 saves to lead the Flyers to a 2-1
win in Beantown.
The game was marred by an injury to Boston forward Patrice Bergeron, who was
taken off the ice on a stretcher late in the first period after being driven
head-first into the glass by Flyers defenseman Randy Jones. Bergeron suffered
a concussion and is sidelined indefinitely. Jones, meanwhile, was handed a
two- game suspension by the NHL for the illegal hit.
Marco Sturm had the lone goal and Tim Thomas stopped 26-of-28 shots for
Boston, which was handed its first home loss of the season. The Bruins are
wrapping up a three-game homestand tonight.
Tonight's test marks the first of eight meetings between the Bruins and Sabres
this year. Buffalo has taken four of five, seven of nine and 13 of the last 16
encounters between the clubs. The Sabres have also come out on top in three of
their last four trips to Boston.
11/01 10:17:29 ET