BOSTON (AP) -- Martin Biron showed he can be sharp after a long
Biron, making his first start since Jan. 21, made 20 of his 40
saves in the third period.
"I can play whenever they want me to play. I told them that.
I'm well rested," Biron said jokingly. "I looked up with about 5
minutes left and saw 38, 39 shots and had to blink for a second to
make sure which side it was."
Biron has had a roller-coaster season, playing well after No. 1
starter Ryan Miller went down with an injury on Nov. 2. He had a
solid December before Miller retuned.
"It starts with the goaltending," center Daniel Briere said.
"Ryan Miller played well before he got hurt, then Martin Biron
came in. Now, Biron comes back after not playing in a month. It's
Jochen Hecht had a goal and two assists, and Briere added a goal
and an assist for the Sabres, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit.
Hecht, charging down the right wing, redirected Briere's pass
into the net, making it 2-1 with 3:48 left in the opening period.
With the teams skating four on four, Briere scored the tying
goal from in close after taking a pass from Hecht at 6:39 of the
Dumont then gave Buffalo the lead by one-timing a pass from
Hecht in the right circle past goalie Andrew Raycroft's glove side.
Sergei Samsonov had a chance to tie it for Boston but his shot
hit the crossbar from the right circle late in the period.
Biron stopped 31 shots in the final two periods, including three
good ones in a sequence 5 minutes into the third. He denied Marco
Sturm in front, Brad Boyes on the rebound and Sturm again on the
"We certainly generated enough scoring chances, especially in
the third period. On most nights, enough to win," Boston coach
Mike Sullivan said. "Biron made some good stops, especially down
Samsonov backhanded a shot into Biron at the end of a 2-on-1
break with just over 6 minutes left.
Murray made it 2-0 when he took Samsonov's feed in front and
flicked a short shot between Biron's pads.
Raycroft, starting his second straight game after Tim Thomas
started the previous 16, made 22 saves.
"It's tough when you play as well as they do and don't get a
win," Raycroft said.
This was the first of three meetings between the teams in
eight days. They will face each other again Tuesday in Buffalo. ...
The Sabres have won all four games against the Bruins this season.
... Sturm's goal was his 300th career point. ... Derek Roy, who had
his first career hat trick in a 6-2 win over Toronto on Friday,
hobbled off the ice after taking a slap shot off his leg in the
second period. He later returned. ... The Sabres are 19-8-2 on the
road and 19-8-3 at home.