David Krejci helps Bruins beat Sabres

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013
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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins keep rolling at home.

David Krejci snapped a tie and set up Milan Lucic's goal as the Bruins earned a split of a two-game set with a 4-1 victory Saturday night.

Reilly Smith had a power-play and an empty-netter for Boston, which won its seventh straight at home. The Bruins haven't lost at home in regulation since late October, going 12-0-2 in their last 14 games.

"That's what you're trying to do every year," Lucic said about Boston's run at TD Garden. "You want to make your building a tough one to play in."

It's Boston's best run at home since winning 14 straight from Oct. 25, 2008-Jan. 1, 2009.

"Every season we start talking about it, creating the atmosphere and getting the fans in it when we play against teams at home," Boston goalie Tuukka Rask said. "You're always disappointed when you lose at home."

Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres, who beat the Bruins 4-2 in Buffalo on Thursday night. The Sabres, who haven't won three straight this season, had a two-game winning streak broken.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said the team's overall play is growing with each win in its own rink.

"I think the more times you win, the more confidence you get," he said. "We talked about it before the season, wanting our building to be a tough building to come in to."

Rask, who was rested Thursday, made 34 saves, including a pair of key stops early in the third period.

Buffalo backup Jhonas Enroth stopped 35 shots and dropped to 1-7-3.

Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan felt like it's even tougher for his team to win on the road when its not getting production from all if its lines.

"It' tough to win in this league if you only have one line going and a couple of other guys and a goaltender," he said. "Especially with us, we need a little bit more. But tonight it just wasn't there."

Krejci's goal broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period. Trailing and coming down the center of the ice, Krejci took a drop pass from Jarome Iginla before waiting and firing a wrist shot past Enroth's glove.

Krejci fed Lucic in the slot from the left circle, and Lucic beat Enroth with a wrister inside the left post.

Smith scored his empty-netter 21.4 seconds left.



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