Tallinder goal with 4:21 remaining gives Sabres the win

BOSTON (AP) -- Mika Noronen earned another chance after winning
his first start of the season for the Buffalo Sabres.

Noronen made 20 saves and Henrik Tallinder scored with 4:21 left
in the third period to help the Sabres beat the Boston Bruins 3-2
on Saturday night.

"I'm happy for him," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's
been a long time."

Ruff said as the schedule gets tougher, Noronen will get another

"It was a long day," Noronen said. "The first one is kind of
tough, especially when you've been waiting in the wings for almost
two months."

The win was Buffalo's season-high third straight and sent the
Bruins to their fifth consecutive loss. Boston has led or been tied
in the third period of four of the losses.

"It seems like the way it's going now, if we made mistakes it
ends up being in the net," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said.
"We're trying to play as aggressive as we can. We just have
channel our emotions."

Tallinder fired a shot from the point that beat goalie Andrew
Raycroft, who was screened on the play, inside the left post.

"No, not really," said Raycroft when asked if he saw the
winning shot. "It's just so frustrating. There's nothing I can do.
I'm just searching. I just can't seem to find the puck."

Raycroft made 21 saves.

The Bruins pulled Raycroft with just over a minute left, but
failed to get a good shot at Noronen.

The Bruins were booed as they left the ice after the loss.

"We're not looking forward to seeing them boo us at the end of
the night, that's for sure," Raycroft said. "We understand why."

Daniel Briere and Ales Kotalik also scored for Buffalo. Joe
Thornton and P.J. Axelsson scored for Boston, which fell to 1-8-1
in Northeast Division games.

The Sabres had taken a 2-1 lead on Briere's goal 12:29 into the
second period, but Boston tied it when Alexsson scored off the
rebound of Andrew Alberts' shot with 27 seconds left in the period.

The Sabres had the only goal of the first period when Kotalik
beat Raycroft with a slap shot from the point for a power-play
score. The puck appeared to knuckle as it slipped inside the right

Boston tied it 1-1 on Thornton's power-play goal 3:08 into the
second period. Thornton, positioned at the top right of the crease,
redirected Jiri Slegr's shot.

Raycroft lost his fourth straight start.

Game notes
Boston defenseman David Tanabe, acquired from Phoenix
Friday night for C Dave Scatchard, played and wore No. 55. "He did
a nice job," Sullivan said. "It's tough to fly across the country
and play for a team you just met."... Buffalo LW Taylor Pratt, who
scored his first three goals of the season Thursday in a win over
Washington, was scoreless. ... The Sabres have scored a power-play
goal in 13 of the last 14 games.