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
“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
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
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.