Sabres-Bruins Preview

The Buffalo Sabres are after their first three-game winning

streak since April.

To get it, they’ll have to complete a home-and-home sweep of

Atlantic Division-leading Boston on Saturday, when the Bruins will

go for a seventh straight win at TD Garden.

The Sabres (9-23-3) evened the season series at 1-all with a 4-2

home victory over the Bruins (23-10-2) on Thursday in Buffalo.

They’ve scored four goals in back-to-back games for the first time

this season.

“We’ve been coming together,” forward Marcus Foligno said.

“Goals have been coming together. If we’re putting the work in,

points will start happening. That’s what guys are believing in.

That’s the system here, and everyone’s on board.”

Buffalo, 3-1-1 in its last five with nine goals allowed, last

took three straight April 13-17.

Foligno had a goal and an assist Thursday, as did Brian Flynn.

Foligno’s goal tied it at 2-all late in the second, and Drew

Stafford and Tyler Myers scored third-period goals to secure the


Foligno has four points in two games against the Bruins this

season. Flynn has three points in his last two contests after

managing three in his first 32.

“It helps winning games. It’s fun coming to the rink. It just

boosts the morale,” Flynn told the team’s official website. “We

knew we were getting closer and closer. It’s a matter of just

scoring the goals that we have the past two games.

“We’ve had the chances, we just haven’t bared down. The past few

games we’ve been able to do that.”

Brad Marchand scored both Boston goals as the Bruins outshot the

Sabres 36-23, including a 15-5 third-period advantage.

“We deserved a better fate, I think, than what happened,” Bruins

coach Claude Julien said. “I thought we controlled the game pretty

good, but their goalie made some pretty big saves to keep them in

the game.”

Ryan Miller has been in goal for four of the five contests and

made 34 saves against the Bruins. He’s 3-1-0 with a 1.72

goals-against average in his past four starts.

Miller, 6-1-1 in his last eight starts in Boston, will have a

new teammate trying to give him some offensive support


The Sabres acquired left wing Linus Omark from Edmonton on

Thursday for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Omark played in one game this season with the Oilers, though he led

their Oklahoma City AHL affiliate with 29 points in 29 games.

He’s expected to be in the lineup for this game.

After the Bruins started Chad Johnson in goal Thursday, Tuukka

Rask will likely make his return to the net. Rask, though, has

struggled against Buffalo, going 0-4-1 with a 4.25 GAA in his last

six matchups.

The Bruins have dropped two of three, allowing 10 goals in the

losses. They’ll be happy to return home, where they’ve given up two

or fewer goals six times during their seven-game win streak


Boston has gone 11-0-2 in its last 13 at home, giving up as many

as three non-shootout goals once in that span.

Buffalo, however, won both meetings in Boston last season and

took three of five matchups overall.

“It’s nice that we play them again this week and have another

crack at them,” Marchand said.

Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid practiced Friday and Julien

didn’t rule him out for this game. McQuaid has missed all eight

December games with a lower-body injury.