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DeBrusk, Khudobin send Bruins to 3-0 win over Sabres

  • Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk (74) scores on Buffalo Sabres Goalie Robin Lehner (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin (35) makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday Dec. 19, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak (88) celebrates a victory following the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (47) and Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller (86) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday Dec.19, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Boston Bruins forward David Backes (42) celebrates a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) stops Boston Bruins forward David Backes (42) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Bruins forward Noel Acciari skates with the puck during the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. AP

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) looks on prior to the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday Dec. 19, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (63) controls the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday Dec. 19, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Boston Bruins forward Danton Heinen (43) skates prior to the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday Dec.19, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes



Associated Press
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jake DeBrusk scored for the second straight night, Anton Khudobin turned away 36 shots and the Boston Bruins blanked the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0, on Tuesday.

Tim Schaller and David Backes added empty-net goals in the closing minutes of the game.

After a 7-2 victory over Columbus on Monday, the Bruins beat the Sabres in a low-scoring affair to win for the seventh time in 10 games.

The Sabres threatened to get on the board first in the second period, but Khudobin made a pad save on a shot from Evander Kane to keep the game scoreless.

With 9:46 remaining in the period, DeBrusk carried the puck into the Sabres zone and fired a wrist shot over Robin Lehner’s shoulder. DeBrusk has goals in consecutive games and four points in his last two.

With less than two minutes remaining in the second, the Sabres narrowly missed capitalizing on two scoring chances. First, Kyle Okposo was late passing to Benoit Pouliot on an odd-man rush. Moments later, Pouliot had his shot blocked after Khudobin allowed a big rebound.

Khudobin stopped all 10 Sabres shots in the third to earn his first shutout of the season. The Bruins are 8-3-2 when Khudobin starts this season.

Notes

Bruins forward David Krejci missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. ... The Sabres activated Jacob Josefson from injured reserve. He missed nine games with an ankle injury. ... The Sabres have been shut out four times since Nov. 25.

Up next

Bruins: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday in the opener of a three-game homestand.

Sabres: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday in the finale of a three-game homestand.