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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
HSBC Arena | MSG | 7 p.m.


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First Period
0-1 (10:16): Dmitri Kalinin loses control of the puck at Buffalo's blueline opening up a breakaway for Phil Kessel, who fired five-hole on Ryan Miller to record his sixth goal of the season. The unassisted goal is Kessel's second career goal against Buffalo. The rookie scored his first career goal against Buffalo on October 21.

1-1 (12:29): Thomas Vanek ties the game with Buffalo first power-play goal in their last 10 opportunities. Daniel Briere flipped Brian Campbell's rebound into the crease from behind the net and Vanek got enough of the bouncing puck to coax it over the line. The goal is Vanek's 24th of the season and ninth with the man advantage. Briere and Campbell get the helpers.

2-1 (14:05): Ales Kotalik's shot from the slot deflects off Daniel Paille inside the left post for Buffalo's second goal of the game and Paille's first of the season. Kotalik gets the primary helper, while Jaroslav Spacek records the secondary.

2-2 (18:18): Glenn Murray sneaks behind the Sabres penalty kill and scores on the power play to tie the game. Murray received a feed from Zdeno Chara and fires a hard wristshot into the top-right corner of the net to record his 21st of the season and ninth with the man advantage. Marc Savard recorded the second helper.

3-2 (19:54): With 5.5 seconds remaining in the first, Derek Roy redirected Maxim Afinogenov's shot from top of the right face-off circle to give Buffalo the lead heading into the intermission. The goal was Roy's eighth of the season. Afinogenov and Jaroslav Spacek get the helpers.

Second Period
No Scoring

Third Period
3-3 (0:56): Phil Kessel one-timed Marc Savard's across-ice pass topshelf for his second goal of the game and seventh of the season. The goal is Kessel's third goal in four games against Buffalo this season. Savard recorded the primary assist, while Zdeno Chara recorded the secondary.

4-3 (10:05): Brian Campbell's slapshot from the left point hit a Bruins defenseman halfway to the net and beat Tim Thomas to give Buffalo the lead. The goal is Campbell's sixth of the season and breaks a 10-game goal drought. Daniel Briere and Jason Pominville record the assists.

5-3 (14:16): Maxim Afinogenov skated the width of the ice to beat Andrew Alberts to a loose puck, curled around the slower defenseman into the offensive zone and beat Tim Thomas was a backhander to record his 21st of the season and fourth against Boston this season. Jiri Novotny and Derek Roy record the assists.

6-3 (18:18):  Daniel Paille fired Chris Drury's rebound, which deflected off the post, into an empty net to record his second goal of the game, a new career high.  The goal is also his second of the season.  Drury gets the lone helper.

Audio: Lindy Ruff

SABRES GAMENIGHT: Buffalo looks to snap a season-high three-game winless skid tonight as the Boston Bruins make their first visit of the season to HSBC Arena ... Buffalo now leads the eight-game season series 2-1 following 3-2 shootout loss in Beantown on Monday afternoon ... Buffalo has outscored Boston 5-1 in the 3rd period this season ... This is Buffalo's fifth game in a stretch that has them playing seven games in 11 days from Jan. 10-20 ... Buffalo leads the NHL with four 20-goal scorers.

Maxim Afinogenov has 26 points (10+16) in 29 career games against Boston ... The Sabres have only allowed 1st period goals in three of the last 10 games ... Buffalo has a league-best road record of 17-4-2 ... The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games; 5-5 at home ... Boston is 3-5-2 in their last 10; 3-6-1 on the road ... Buffalo's next game is Friday vs. Vancouver (8 p.m.).

# Friday, January 19 vs. Vancouver 8:00 p.m.
# Saturday, January 20 @ Montreal 7:00 p.m.
# Friday, January 26 @ Columbus 7:00 p.m.
# Saturday, January 27 @ NY Islanders 7:00 p.m.
# Tuesday, January 30 vs. Boston 7:00 p.m.

2006-07: 31-11-4 172 GF -- 133 GA
2005-06: 29-14-3 151 GF -- 132 GA
2003-04: 18-22-5-1 109 GF -- 118 GA

ATTENDANCE AT HSBC ARENA: After 23 home games in 2006-07, the Sabres have averaged 18,690 with 23 straight sell-out crowds... Dating back to the final game of the 2005-06 season, Buffalo has sold out 24 consecutive regular season games.

The franchise record sell-out streak is 359 games: October 15, 1972 to November 12, 1980...Buffalo averaged 16,841 fans per game in 2005-06 with 18 sell-outs, with 690,474 fans visiting HSBC Arena in the regular season... Buffalo sold out all eight playoff games in 2005-06.

BRIERE LEADS THE WAY: Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere leads the Sabres with 52 points (16+36). His 36 assists lead the Sabres, and trail Joe Thornton by 10 for the league lead. The 36 helpers are also just one short of Briere's single-season high that he set during the 2003-04 season. With 187 points (76+111) in 190 games, Briere has averaged almost a point per game (.98) with Buffalo since being acquired from Phoenix on March 11, 2003 in exchange for Chris Gratton. For his career, the 29-year-old Briere has scored 333 points (146+187) in 402 games.

BACK TO BACK WITH THE B'S: For the second year in a row, the Sabres and Bruins are playing a home-and-home series. Last season, the Sabres downed Boston 3-2 on March 4 in Boston, then defeated them by the same score three days later in Buffalo. The teams are also continuing another trend this season. Although Buffalo won the 2005-06 season series 7-1, six of the eight games were decided by one goal. This season, two of the first three match ups were one-goal games.

HOME ICE BLUES: The Sabres have now lost three games in a row at HSBC Arena for the first time since Nov. 2-9 of last season. Buffalo hasn't lost four straight at HSBC Arena since they encountered a five-game skid from Dec. 4-19, 2003. Buffalo did lose four consecutive home games last season, but one (Oct. 26) was played at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY.

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller played in his 100th NHL game on Monday, highlighted by a spectacular diving save on Boston’s Paul Mara. Miller, 26, enters tonight’s game with a career record of 58-33-7. His 58 wins currently ranks him ninth on the Sabres all-time list. The East Lansing, MI native also went 11-7 in last year’s playoffs, ranking him fourth in playoff wins. In just his second full NHL season, Miller was selected to start in the 2007 NHL All-Star game.

FOUR SABRES @ 20: Jason Pominville scored his career-high 20th goal of the season last Saturday, giving the Sabres a league-leading four 20-goal scorers so far in 2006-07. Thomas Vanek and Chris Drury each scored their 23rd goal of the season against Toronto on Jan. 11, while Maxim Afinogenov joined the 20-goal club on Jan. 10 in Chicago. No other team has three players with 20 or more goals, but five teams have a pair of players at the 20-goal plateau: Atlanta, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh, Washington and Tampa Bay.

The NHL record for most 20-goal scorers on one team is 11, held by the 1977-78 Boston Bruins. In terms of 30-goal scorers, the 1974-75 Sabres set the NHL record by having six players with 30 or more goals in one season. That mark has since been tied by the 1977-78 NY Islanders, and 1984-85 Winnipeg Jets.

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