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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Tim Thomas made 33 saves in his seventh straight win, and Brad Marchand and Michael Ryder had a goal and assist each to lift the surging Boston Bruins to a 5-2 victory over the Ryan Miller-less Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

Thomas (7-0), who entered with a 0.50 goals-against average after consecutive shutouts, had his shutout streak of 167 minutes, 12 seconds snapped by Drew Stafford's second-period goal that made it 4-1. ...more.

The Bruins opened the scoring with a shorthanded, breakaway goal by Brad Marchand just 3:32 into the game and never looked back.  Marchand picked up an errant pass in the Buffalo zone, raced in alone and snapped a shot past Jhonas Enroth to record his first career NHL goal and give Boston a 1-0 lead.

Boston goaltender Tim Thomas, who entered the game with a 0.50 goals against average and a .984 save percentage, made 33 saves to lead Boston to a 5-2 win and improve to 7-0-0 on the season.  A former Vezina Trophy winner, Thomas made several key stops on Buffalo power plays to preserve Boston’s lead.

Until you really deserve to win, you’re not going to win. We didn’t deserve to win. - Head Coach Lindy Ruff

- Mike Grier played in his1,000th career NHL regular season game, becoming just the 254th player in NHL history to reach the milestone.

- Jason Pominville returned to the lineup after missing the last nine games due to a concussion.  Pominville, who had played in 336 consecutive games prior to the injury, recorded his first point of the 2010-11 season tonight with an assist on Drew Stafford’s power play goal.

- Goaltender Jhonas Enroth made his first start of the season for Buffalo with Ryan Miller out of the lineup (lower body, day-to-day).  It was the second start of Enroth’s NHL career, both of which have come against the Bruins.  He made his NHL debut on Nov. 7, 2009 in Boston.

- Patrick Lalime relieved Enroth to begin the second period after Enroth allowed three goals on 12 shots in the opening period.  Lalime finished with 12 saves on 13 shots.

- Boston’s first two goals of the game were both scored shorthanded.  The last time Buffalo allowed two shorthanded goals in a game was Dec. 22, 2007 at Philadelphia.

The Sabres will play their second of three straight games against Northeast Division rivals when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Friday at HSBC Arena.  The Habs handed Buffalo a 2-1 loss at home on Oct. 15 in the first meeting of the season between the teams.  Following Friday’s match up, the Sabres and Canadiens will play in Buffalo just once more this season (Jan. 18).  

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