Bruins look to stay hot against Sabres

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Buffalo (9-5-3) at Boston (11-3-4), 7:00 p.m. EST

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Bruins were expected to improve

after a surprise playoff berth last season. Less than a quarter

of the way through this season, they look like a contender in

the Eastern Conference.

Boston seeks to keep rolling when it hosts the Buffalo Sabres on

Wednesday.

The Bruins are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games and have allowed

just 13 goals over their last 10 contests.

Defense has been the team's biggest strength as Boston ranks

second in the league at 2.05 goals allowed per game. Goaltender

Tim Thomas leads the league with a 1.78 goals-against average

and a .944 save percentage.

Boston, which has won five straight home games, is coming off a

3-2 victory over Toronto on Monday. Phil Kessel, rookie

defenseman Matt Hunwick and Michael Ryder all scored for the

Bruins.

The Sabres have lost decisively in back-to-back games,

includings a 5-2 setback at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Left wing Thomas Vanek scored his team-leading 13th goal and

right wing Jason Pominville tallied in his third straight game

in the loss.

Buffalo lost, 3-1, at Boston on November 8.

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