BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan Miller made 30 saves to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.
Miller helped preserve the win with a solid third period when Boston outshot Buffalo 12-5. The Sabres tightened up over the final 75 seconds of regulation by not allowing a shot while the Bruins had the extra attacker.
Milan Lucic scored, and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for slumping Boston (23-21-8). The Bruins lost their sixth straight (0-5-1) — their longest winless drought since December 2007 — and are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games.
The Bruins welcomed back center Marc Savard, who missed the last eight games because of a sprained right knee. He picked up an assist on Lucic's second-period goal.
The Sabres struck first when Tallinder snapped in his third goal from the top of the left circle 4 minutes into the first period on Buffalo's first shot.
Vanek made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 2:28 to go in the first. It was his team-leading 16th goal of the season.
Lucic cut it to 2-1 midway through the second period when his wrist shot from the slot eluded Miller.
NOTES: Bruins LW Marco Sturm missed his sixth game because of a leg injury. ... Two of Lucic's three goals this season have come in Buffalo. ... Buffalo C Tim Connolly assisted on Vanek's goal, giving him points in 17 of his last 18 games. ... Miller is 11-1-3 in 15 home meetings with the Bruins. ... Derek Roy was called for Buffalo's first penalty with just under 9 minutes to go in regulation.