BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Ryan Miller made 35 saves to help lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.

J.P. Dumont, Mike Grier, Ales Kotalik and Maxim Afinogenov scored for Sabres, who improved to 2-0.

Glen Murray scored Boston’s lone goal in the third period to break up Miller’s shutout bid.

Boston, which dropped its opener against Montreal on Wednesday, is 0-2 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. The Bruins were winless until their 10th game of that hockey year.

Miller was helped in the second period when the Bruins twice hit goal posts with shots in under a minute. Brian Leetch’s wrister went off the top of the left post midway through the period, and Brad Isbister followed by ringing a shot off the pipe behind Miller.

Isbister’s shot was reviewed by video replay.

After a scoreless first period, Dumont netted his second goal of the season while the Sabres were on the power play. Dumont took a pass from Thomas Vanek at the bottom of the right circle, and slid the puck past goaltender Andrew Raycroft. Grier made it 2-0 at the 14-minute mark of the second, redirecting Chris Drury’s deflection of Henrik Tallinder’s shot with his skate. The puck trickled past the goal line just inside the left post.

Murray cut Boston’s deficit to 2-1 with 13:29 remaining, converting a pass from defenseman Jiri Slegr at the left circle. Murray let go a quick wrist shot that beat Miller on the stick side.

Kotalik beat Raycroft with a wrist shot with 4:03 left, and Afinogenov capped the scoring with a power-play goal with 1:23 to go. Boston had 21 shots through the first two periods, but peppered Miller with 15 shots in the third.

Raycroft finished with 37 saves.

Notes: Sabres D Dmitri Kalinin missed his second straight game because of a groin injury. … Buffalo won its first two games to start the 2002-03 season. The Sabres then lost 11 of 15. … Bruins C Alexei Zhamnov was scratched for the second straight game with an injured shoulder. … The Bruins started a six-game road trip that will end Oct. 18 in Montreal.

AP-ES-10-07-05 2247EDT


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