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Kobasew comes back with goal and assist for Bruins in 3-1 win over Sabres

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BOSTON - Manny Fernandez made 32 saves, and Chuck Kobasew marked his return to the Bruins lineup with a goal and an assist in Boston's 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

The Bruins have won six of seven and four in a row at home.

Kobasew, returning to the Boston lineup after missing 12 games because of a broken leg, assisted on Dennis Wideman's first-period goal that got the Bruins into a 1-1 tie. He then put Boston ahead to stay when a took a pass at his blue-line, skated down the right wing and fired a shot that appeared to deflect off Buffalo defenceman Teppo Numminen past goalie Ryan Miller at 2:07 of the second period.

The Bruins outshot the Sabres 16-8 in the third period, and second-year winger Milan Lucic rattled the Sabres with several big hits.

Tim Connolly stole the puck at the Bruins blue-line, played give-and-go with Jason Pominville, and then banged a shot in off the crossbar to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead 10:16 into the first period. It was Connolly's first goal of the season after he missed the first 10 games of the season with a back injury.

Stephane Yelle twirled by the side boards and then fed Wideman at the point, for a screened shot that beat Miller with 2:24 left in the first period to tie it at one.

Kobasew gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead at 2:47 of the second, and Boston added some insurance later in the period. The rebound of Phil Kessel's shot bounced right to Marc Savard by the left circle. Savard fired a shot off Miller and into the net at 7:59 for his sixth of the season.

Fernandez denied Pominville during a third-period power play to protect the two-goal lead.

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