BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal on a third-period power play in leading the hot-starting Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.
Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic, into an empty net, also scored. Backup goalie Anton Khudobin made 25 saves in only his second start of the season.
The Bruins (8-1-1) are off to the team's best start to a season by earning 17 points in their first 10 games. The team's previous best was 16 points through 10 games, set four times, the last in 1978-79, when they opened 7-1-2.
Boston beat the only team that's defeated them this season, after the Sabres won 7-4 at Boston on Jan. 31. And the Bruins continued their roll following an extended break. Sabres captain Jason Pominville said it was unlikely the Sabres would score that many goals against the Bruins this time around. "For them it was a statement game where they wanted to bounce back against us and play better defensively. I thought they did. They made it hard on us. They didn't really give us much and they created a lot in our end."
The loss snaps the Sabres modest two game winning streak. Forward Pat Kaleta said "I got a bad taste in my mouth because I hate to lose, especially to teams in our division. I just don't like it. I'm pretty sure a lot of guys in the locker room feel the same way so we'll go back to the video stuff, learn from it, and move forward."
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller turned in another strong performance but it wasn't good enough as the Sabres could only muster one goal. Tyler Ennis said " Yeah, you know, Thomas [Vanek] and [Jason Pominville] and Cody [Hodgson] have been carrying the load a lot, so we've talked about it quite a bit. It seems like every day we're talking about secondary scoring needing to come through so, you know, it's got to come."
The Sabres are at Ottawa Tuesday night.