NHL

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) is congratulate by teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

    Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) is congratulate by teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) reacts after being hit with a high stick during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) reacts after being hit with a high stick during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)  (The Associated Press)

Tuuka Rask made 35 saves to help the Boston Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their last four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot.