Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (21), celebrates a second period goal by left winger Brad Marchand (63) in a 3-1 win over Buffalo.
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (21), celebrates a second period goal by left winger Brad Marchand (63) in a 3-1 win over Buffalo. (Associated Press)
Monday February 11, 2013

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- 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.

The Bruins have been off since a 2-1 win at Montreal on Wednesday, and had their home game against Tampa Bay on Saturday postponed due to a winter storm.

Tyler Ennis scored for Buffalo, and Ryan Miller was solid in making 36 saves.

Bergeron's goal came 28 seconds after Buffalo's Mike Weber began serving a delay-of-game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass in his own zone. The Bruins worked the puck back to the left point, where Chris Bourque's point shot hit a body in front.

The puck took a hard carom off the end boards and dribbled directly to Bergeron in the left circle, from where he snapped a shot into the top right corner.

Miller was otherwise outstanding in keeping the Sabres in it, while coming off a stellar 41-save outing in a 3-2 win at Long Island a night earlier.

Miller's best save came six minutes into the second period when he spread-eagled, getting his right pad out, to stop Nathan Horton's one-timer from the left circle.