Bruins 3, Sabres 1

The Bruins didn’t have to be – or want to be – told how long it

had been since they’d won two games in a row.

”January-something, I know that,” Tyler Seguin said. ”I knew

it was too long.”

David Krejci scored for the fifth time in the last five games

and Boston won consecutive games for the first time in almost two

months with a 3-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday

night.

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk broke a 1-1 tie at 12:56 of the third

period and Krejci scored 2:58 later to make it 3-1.

The Bruins, who won at Toronto Tuesday night, last won two in a

row since Jan. 10 and 12. It was the 11th time the Bruins had tried

for two in a row since then.

”We’ve been obviously battling for consistency,” Bruins coach

Claude Julien said. ”Even though this is our first back-to-back

win in a long time, I was encouraged by our play in New York (a 4-3

loss to the Rangers Sunday) and it just kept coming along, in the

next game, obviously winning and then tonight again we had a pretty

decent effort.

”.When you’ve got the amount of injuries that you have, you

take every win for what they are and tonight was a good win for

us.”

The loss was the second in the last three games for the Sabres,

who are battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Sabres almost pulled out a point with backup Jhomas Enroth

in goal for the first time since Feb. 12, as Ryan Miller got the

night off after 10 straight starts. They lost for the second time

in their last three games.

I think it is a good example and shows you why they are where

they are at right now, and where we’re at,” Buffalo captain Jason

Pominville said. ”They stuck with it, they were patient and they

didn’t really give up much.”

Pominville scored in the first period and Boston’s Gregory

Campbell tied it in the second.

Tim Thomas made 19 saves for Boston.

With the game tied 1-1, Boychuk stepped into a loose puck after

a sliding Jordon Leopold broke up Jordan Caron pass. Boychuk

blasted his fourth goal of the season past Buffalo goalie Jhonas

Enroth, making his first start since Feb. 16.

Caron’s assist on the goal gave him six points in his last three

games.

Krejci has been Boston’s best scorer since joining a line with

wingers Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic. All three players have at

least one point in each of the five games and the line has 20

points (10 goals). It was Krejci’s sixth goal in the last seven

games, his 18th of the season.

Pominville walked down the right side on a 2-on-1 but Thomas had

a clear view of his slap shot the hit the top of the net. It was

the 25th goal of the season for Buffalo captain, the third time in

his career he has scored 25, but the first time since 2007-08.

The Bruins ran up a 13-6 shots advantage in the first period but

didn’t score until the final minutes of the second.

Christian Ehrhoff’s pass in the defensive zone hit the skate of

teammate Cody Hodgson and headed out to the blue line. Shawn

Thornton stepped right into the puck and his shot was deflected out

of midair by Campbell and Enroth at 18:09.

The goal was reviewed but stood. For Campbell, it was his

seventh goal of the season, first in 20 games.

It came just over five minutes after a shot by defenseman Dennis

Seidenberg, beat Enroth and slammed off the goal post to Enroth’s

left. It came right out into the crease and the goalie covered it

with his glove.

”I wasn’t quite sure of the exact date (of the last two-game

winning streak) but I know, we all knew, that it’s been quite a

while,” Campbell said. ”As we approach the playoffs you’re not

going to find yourself going very far if you’re winning one, losing

one so that’s where the consistent factor comes in.”

NOTES: Boston’s Brad Marchand, nailed by a clean check from

Tyler Myers late in the game, appeared to injure his right shoulder

or arm and didn’t’ play again, but Julien said he didn’t play

because of game circumstances and that Marchand was ”ready to

go.” … New Boston backup goalie Mary Turco, who cleared waivers

to return to the NHL Wednesday, dressed as Thomas’ backup. Turco

was signed for the rest of the season because of the injury to

Tuukka Rask. . The Bruins wished a happy 94th birthday to former

coach Milt Schmidt.