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Bruins edge Sabres for 10th straight win | Wednesday, 11.23.2011 / 10:22 PM

Nothing is slowing down the Boston Bruins these days.

The defending Stanley Cup champs made it 10 wins in as many games by rallying from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout on Wednesday night. Benoit Pouliot's goal in the fifth round of the tiebreaker kept the Bruins perfect for November as they prepare to host Detroit on Friday in the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown (1 p.m. ET; NBC, TSN). It's their first 10-game winning streak since Dec. 12, 2008-Jan. 1, 2009.

"We don't discuss it hardly at all," goaltender Tim Thomas said of the streak. "I don't think about it at all until I'm reminded of it."

Pouliot's wrist shot beat Jhonas Enroth to give the Bruins the extra point.

"I was happy not to miss it," Pouliot said. "Everyone was shooting low, so I shot high and it went in."

Thomas made 31 saves as the Bruins won the first meeting between the teams since Milan Lucic bowled over Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller 11 days ago – Miller is still sidelined due to a concussion from the incident.

The Sabres didn't go after Lucic then, but the First Niagara Center rocked when Paul Gaustad squared off with Lucic 83 seconds after the opening faceoff. Lucic got the better of the exchange.

"I still to this day still say it was a collision (with Miller), but when you do something like that you always prepare to step up and fight for yourself," Lucic said.

"There wasn't much of a conversation, it was just straight to the point. It was actually probably good on both ends just to get it out of the way off the start, then just move on."

A 10-player scrum with 8:27 left to go in the opening period saw Boston captain Zdeno Chara and Buffalo defenseman Robyn Regehr square off -- but Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid earned a double minor after cross-checking Gaustad.

Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff made him pay 23 seconds later by beating Thomas with a slap shot from the right point to stake the Sabres to a 1-0 lead. It was the first goal allowed by the Bruins in 174 minutes and 7 seconds -- Thomas blanked the New York Islanders and Montreal in Boston's two previous games. The goal snapped Thomas' road shutout run at 234:05, and his overall shutout streak was stopped at 145 minutes.

Thomas Vanek made it 2-0 at 15:22 with a power-play goal, beating Thomas with a wrister from the high slot.

The Bruins got on the board 3:37 into the second period when Tyler Seguin one-timed a shot in from the left point past Jhonas Enroth on the power play. It was Seguin's 12th of the season -- one more than he scored all last season after the Bruins made him the second pick in the 2010 NHL Draft.

Rookie T.J. Brennan, playing his first NHL game, restored the Sabres' two-goal lead at 11:02 by beating Thomas with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Brad Marchand made it 3-2 with 4 minutes remaining in the middle period, lifting a wrist shot in from a tight angle to the left of Enroth.

Tempers flared again late in the second period when Buffalo's Drew Stafford bumped into Thomas. Boston defenseman Andrew Ference immediately grabbed Stafford and the two began to wrestle.

Chara tied the game at 3-3 with a power-play goal 3:35 into the third period.

"We just needed to take a few deep inhales and exhales and needed to calm down," Chara said. "Going into the third we played our game."

Enroth, making his fifth straight start since Miller’s concussion, finished with 36 saves.

"I was happy with how we played," Ruff said. "We worked hard, and we answered every call."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report.
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Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:56BUF PPG - Christian Ehrhoff (2) Slapshot - ASST: Drew Stafford (8), Marc-Andre Gragnani (6) 1 - 0 BUF
15:22BUF PPG - Thomas Vanek (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Pominville (16) 2 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
03:37BOS PPG - Tyler Seguin (12) Slapshot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (11), Rich Peverley (8) 2 - 1 BUF
11:02BUF TJ Brennan (1) Slapshot - ASST: Derek Roy (9), Marc-Andre Gragnani (7) 3 - 1 BUF
16:00BOS Brad Marchand (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (12), Tyler Seguin (11) 3 - 2 BUF
3rd Period
03:35BOS PPG - Zdeno Chara (3) Slapshot - ASST: Milan Lucic (8), David Krejci (6) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1BUFThomas Vanek - Save
2BOSTyler Seguin - Save
3BUFNathan Gerbe - Save
4BOSRich Peverley - Save
5BUFJason Pominville - Save
6BOSDavid Krejci - Save
7BUFDerek Roy - Save
8BOSPatrice Bergeron - Save
9BUFDrew Stafford - Save
10BOSBenoit Pouliot - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDBuffalo SabresBoston Bruins
1Thomas Vanek
Tyler Seguin
2Nathan Gerbe
Rich Peverley
3Jason Pominville
David Krejci
4Derek Roy
Patrice Bergeron
5Drew Stafford
Benoit Pouliot
Three Stars of the Game
Tyler Seguin
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:20
Benoit Pouliot
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 0PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 12:38
TJ Brennan
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:07
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:23BUF Paul Gaustad  Fighting (maj) against  Milan Lucic
01:23BOS Milan Lucic  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Gaustad
02:31BOS Benoit Pouliot  Elbowing against  Corey Tropp
02:31BUF Corey Tropp  Too many men/ice - bench
09:01BOS Milan Lucic  Roughing against  Jason Pominville
11:33BOS Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  Corey Tropp
11:33BUF Corey Tropp  Roughing against  Adam McQuaid
11:33BOS Zdeno Chara  Fighting (maj) against  Robyn Regehr
11:33BUF Robyn Regehr  Fighting (maj) against  Zdeno Chara
11:33BOS Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  Corey Tropp
14:37BOS Dennis Seidenberg  Hooking against  Drew Stafford
16:13BUF Luke Adam  Slashing against  Adam McQuaid
2nd Period
03:08BUF Corey Tropp  Hooking against  Daniel Paille
08:21BUF Matt Ellis  Interference against  Benoit Pouliot
12:14BUF Christian Ehrhoff  Interference against  Brad Marchand
18:36BOS Andrew Ference  Cross checking against  Drew Stafford
18:36BOS Andrew Ference  Roughing against  Drew Stafford
18:36BUF Drew Stafford  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tim Thomas
18:36BUF Drew Stafford  Roughing against  Andrew Ference
3rd Period
02:11BUF Derek Roy  Hooking against  Rich Peverley
18:57BOS David Krejci  Hooking against  Nathan Gerbe
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/52/4
Faceoff Wins4031
Blocked Shots1410
Penalty Minutes2628
11G. CampbellC0000013:07
14J. CorvoD00-11019:06
17M. LucicL0100717:05
18N. HortonR0005018:33
19T. SeguinC1112016:20
20D. PailleL000107:28
21A. FerenceD0002417:35
22S. ThorntonL000107:44
23C. KellyC00-12016:23
33Z. CharaD1007527:00
37P. BergeronC0212019:10
44D. SeidenbergD0002225:01
46D. KrejciC0104220:24
49R. PeverleyC01-11018:49
54A. McQuaidD0011415:35
55J. BoychukD0001022:18
63B. MarchandL1014016:05
67B. PouliotL00-13212:38
30T. Thomas3134.91264:50
3J. LeopoldD0000027:43
9D. RoyC0101219:24
10C. EhrhoffD10-14225:42
17M. GragnaniD0212018:00
21D. StaffordR0107421:49
22B. BoyesR000204:17
23V. LeinoL0002013:31
24R. RegehrD00-10520:37
26T. VanekL1013020:02
28P. GaustadC0001517:05
29J. PominvilleR0101022:42
33T. BrennanD1011013:07
37M. EllisL000028:43
42N. GerbeL0004017:10
44A. SekeraD0001024:08
55J. HechtC0004018:15
72L. AdamC000023:21
78C. TroppR00-11414:31
1J. Enroth3639.92365:00