Bergeron leads Bruins to 3-1 win over Sabres

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm •  Published: February 10, 2013
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Turns out, Mother Nature could only delay the Boston Bruins from continuing what's become their hottest start in franchise history.

A day after Boston's home game against Tampa Bay was postponed because of a blizzard, the Bruins traveled to Buffalo to pick up their pace with a 3-1 win over the Sabres on Sunday night.

"Yesterday, we were ready to play, so I guess it gave us a day to rest," center Patrick Bergeron. "We got here, and we knew Buffalo played last night, so we tried to take advantage of that."

Bergeron capitalized on a fortunate carom off the end boards to score the go-ahead goal on a power play 7:52 into the third period. Milan Lucic clinched the win with an empty-netter in the final minute in helping the Bruins improve to 8-1-1.

The Bruins earned their 17th point, the most they've had through 10 games. The previous best was 16 points over that span, set four times — the last in 1978-79, when Boston opened 7-1-2.

Brad Marchand, back after missing one game with an upper-body injury, also scored. Backup goalie Anton Khudobin made 25 saves in only his second start of the season.

"Certainly, we had a different day yesterday, but at least we made it here," coach Claude Julien said. "No doubt, we were well-rested."

And healthier, too. Aside from Marchand, the Bruins also welcomed back forwards Daniel Paille (upper body) and Shawn Thornton (concussion), after both had missed two games. And they bounced back by defeating the only team that's beat them after a 7-4 loss to Buffalo at Boston on Jan. 31.

Tyler Ennis scored for the Sabres (5-7-1) in a game that would've been far more lopsided in the Bruins' favor if not for Ryan Miller, who was outstanding in making 36 saves.

Unlike the Bruins, who were off since a 2-1 win at Montreal on Wednesday, the Sabres were coming off a 3-2 win at Long Island on Saturday. Buffalo was also playing its third game in four days and 11th in 18 days.

"They didn't play the other day, and I think we started showing our fatigue around the mid-point," said Miller, who made 41 saves against the Islanders.

Outshot 23-13 over the final two periods, the Sabres compounded their troubles by taking lazy penalties and coughing up the puck in their own zone.



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