Buffalo (WKBW) It looks like a different team. It's been slow and steady progress under interim Head Coach Ted Nolan over the past five weeks and the Buffalo Sabres took another step on Thursday.
The Sabres knocked off the Boston Bruins 4-2 at the First Niagara Center marking only the second time this season that Buffalo has earned back-to-back wins.
Brian Flynn opened the scoring for the Sabres in the first period. Flynn scored his third goal of the season shorthanded on a pretty backhander to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 16:27 of the first.
The Bruins would return the favor in the second period. Brad Marchand scored a pair of goals 1:14 apart. Marchand tied the game with a shorthanded goal of his own just under two minutes into the period, before giving Boston a 2-1 lead with his seventh goal of the season at 3:04 of the second. Marcus Foligno then pulled the Sabres even with his second goal in as many games at 17:11 of the frame.
Buffalo pulled away in the third. Drew Stafford scored the eventual game winning goal on a wrap around that beat Chad Johnson at 14:19 of the third. Tyler Myers added insurance off a great pass by Brian Flynn at 15:39. It was Myers third goal of the season.
Ryan Miller made 34 saves in the victory. The Sabres have earned points in four of their last five games. Forward Cody Hodgson left the game with an "upper body injury" in the first period and did not return. The Sabres play in Boston on Saturday.