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Saturday, December 21st (All times Eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (9-23-3) at Boston Bruins (23-10-2), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to pull off an improbable home-and-home sweep when they visit the Boston Bruins for Saturday's Atlantic Division clash at TD Garden.

Buffalo claimed a 4-2 home win Thursday night against the Bruins, as the last- place team in the Atlantic beat the division leaders. Even after the win, the lowly Sabres are still 27 points behind Boston in the standings and Buffalo is 12 points in back of seventh-place Florida.

The Bruins held a 2-1 lead after scoring twice in the early stages of the second period on Thursday, but allowed Buffalo to score three unanswered goals to close the game. Drew Stafford scored the go-ahead goal for the Sabres on a wrap-around with 5:41 left in the third period and Tyler Myers extended the cushion just 80 seconds later.

Thursday's triumph marked the second straight win for the Sabres, giving Buffalo consecutive victories for the first time since Nov. 12-15. The Sabres, who had lost 10 of 13 heading into the home-and-home opener, haven't won three in a row since April 13-17 of last season.

Brian Flynn and Marcus Foligno also scored for Buffalo on Tuesday, while Ryan Miller stood tall with 34 saves for the win.

"This is a huge win for us and a step in the right direction," said Foligno.

Brad Marchand had both Boston goals and Chad Johnson allowed four goals on 23 shots. The Bruins have lost two of three since a four-game winning streak.

Marchand has struggled to produce this season, but three of his seven goals in 2013-14 have come over his last four games. The pesky winger led Boston with 18 goals in 45 games last season.

"I think he was close to his old self tonight and that was nice to see," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Marchand. "He competed hard in all areas and he skated better than I've seen him skate in a long time. He got rewarded with a couple goals and even could've had a few more with a little bit of luck. I liked his game tonight."

Tuukka Rask expects to get the start in net for the Bruins in tonight's rematch and he is 4-5-1 with a 2.71 goals against average in 12 career tilts against the Sabres.

Miller, meanwhile, is 26-9-7 with a 2.56 GAA in 42 lifetime starts versus Boston.

Although Buffalo is just 3-11-1 as the away team this season, the club has claimed the last two meetings in Boston. The Bruins, who are 14-3-2 as the host in 2013-14, have taken five of the last eight overall encounters in this series.

12/21 10:54:36 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
1st
DUKE 13
TEMPL 8
 
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
Final
PHI 96
PHO 122
 
Final
ATL 99
DET 89
 
4th
TOR 124
MIL 81
 
4th
MEM 90
BOS 79
 
4th
OKC 77
BRK 76
 
4th
WAS 82
CLE 69
 
4th
MIN 68
SAN 93
 
Half
DAL 68
LAL 59
 
2nd
DEN 50
NOP 34
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
3rd
RICE 10
UTEP 3
 
1st
SDST 7
AFA 0
 
1st
UTST 7
SJST 0
 
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
Final
HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
Final
ODU 70
LSU 61
 
Final
KENT 89
BU 65
 
Final
SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
Final
UVA 59
GWU 42
 
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
Final
GT 78
MAST 69
 
Final
RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
Final
MSU 87
LOYC 52
 
Final
CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
Final
BAY 60
PVU 45
 
Final
HOF 66
USB 65
 
Final
OREG 78
TOL 68
 
Final
UGA 82
TROY 60
 
Final
STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
Final
EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
Final
MON 73
COOK 50
 
Final
FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
Final
KSU 74
SILL 51
 
Final
CAL 55
TEX 71
 
2nd
GMAS 56
NMU 65
 
Final
ILL 107
PEAY 66
 
2nd
ARK 97
DELST 66
 
Final
MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
2nd
NDST 65
KNST 55
 
2nd
OKST 79
UWMIL 66
 
2nd
LATU 67
MORE 54
 
2nd
SDKST 67
NDAK 67
 
2nd
XAV 75
STEPH 61
 
2nd
UF 49
LAMON 43
 
2nd
WAKE 46
IONA 57
 
Half
GRCN 34
FAM 22
 
Half
COLST 29
UGST 34
 
Half
WASU 32
IDST 31
 
1st
WEBER 25
ILLST 38
 
1st
AUB 42
LALAF 32
 
1st
LOU 31
MARS 23
 
1st
ORST 18
ORU 20
 
1st
SD 27
SHSU 24
 
1st
UTAH 47
UCR 21
 
1st
DUKE 13
TEMPL 8
 
1st
CORN 15
PSU 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
CPSL
DEL
10:00pm Tonight
AMER
PBY
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
WASH
 
10:30pm Tonight
LBSU
KYST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
Final
CLB 3
BOS 4
 
Final
PIT 4
NYI 5
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
1st
EDM 0
NJD 0