Hot Sabres burn Bruins to remain only unbeaten team

BOSTON (AP) -- Even Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff is enjoying the
Sabres' success.

Chris Drury scored two power-play goals and the Sabres improved
to 8-0 to match their franchise best start, beating the Boston
Bruins 6-2 on Saturday night.

"When you've got a group that's playing well it's fun to
watch," Ruff said. "I think we're definitely enjoying this. You
enjoy it for a period of time when you can reflect after a game,
saying 'Boy we made some nice plays and scored some nice goals.'"

Jason Pominville and Maxim Afinogenov scored 1:39 apart early in
the second period to open a 4-1 lead for the Sabres, who matched
the 1975 club record for consecutive victories to start a season.
Buffalo has also won a franchise-record 13 straight in the regular

On Saturday, the Sabres let the Bruins get close, narrowing the
gap to 4-2 after two, before Buffalo's superior team speed put it
away in the third.

Boston coach Dave Lewis was also impressed with the Sabres'

"They have a lot of talent, they have a lot of speed and
they're clicking," Lewis said. "They're the best team in the NHL
for a reason."

Ales Kotalik also scored for Buffalo when he knocked in a loose
puck after a gaffe by Boston goalie Hannu Toivonen. Thomas Vanek
had the Sabres' other goal and Martin Biron had 26 saves.

"I don't think anybody here thinks its easy because it's not,"
Biron said. "We're working extremely hard."

Phil Kessel, Boston's No. 1 pick in this year's draft, scored
his first NHL goal, and Wade Brookbank had the Bruins' other score.

Drury, held pointless for the first time this season in a 5-4
win over Carolina on Friday, put the Sabres ahead 1-0 on a slap
shot from the top of the left circle 6:08 into the game.

The Sabres were 3-for-7 on the power play. Boston was scoreless
in four chances.

"They have three great lines and with their speed they're
always coming at you full force," Boston center Brad Boyes said.

After the Bruins tied it 1-all on Brookbank's goal 1:54 later,
Buffalo took the lead for good on Kotalik's goal at 12:53. Toivonen
attempted a clearing pass at the side of the net and dropped his
stick before Kotalik raced in, took the loose puck and shot it over
the netminder.

Pominville scored a power-play goal from down low after a nice
feed from Vanek 1:17 into the second. Afinogenov made it 4-1 when
he scored out of a scramble, firing a rebound over a sprawling
Toivonen. Tim Thomas replaced Toivonen after the goal.

Kessel cut it to 4-2 on a wrist shot from the right circle.

Drury's second power-play goal and his ninth of the season made
it 5-2 at 5:29 of the third.

"Everybody's having fun right now," Afinogenov said. "We know
we have a good streak."

Game notes
The Bruins recalled C Nate Thompson from Providence of the
AHL earlier in the day and he saw limited action. ... Boston D Brad
Stuart left the game with a broken finger. ... It was the first
part of a Buffalo-Boston sports weekend. The New England Patriots
play at the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. ... As the clock wound down
chants of 'Let's go Buffalo' could be heard clearly.