BOSTON (AP) – Henrik Tallinder scored with 4:21 left to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the struggling Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

Tallinder fired a shot from the point that beat goalie Andrew Raycroft, screened on the play, inside the left post.

With the victory, Buffalo sent the Bruins to their fifth consecutive loss. Boston has led or been tied in the third period of four of the losses.

Buffalo goalie Mika Noronen made 20 saves in his first start of the season, and Raycroft stopped 21 shots for the Bruins. The Bruins pulled Raycroft with just over a minute left, but failed to get a good shot.

Daniel Briere and Ales Kotalik also scored for Buffalo. Joe Thornton and P.J. Axelsson scored for Boston, 1-8-1 in Northeast Division games.

The Sabres took a 2-1 lead on Briere’s goal 12:29 into the second period, and Boston tied it when Axelsson scored off a rebound with 27 seconds left in the period.

The Sabres had the only goal in the first period, with Kotalik beating Raycroft with a slap shot from the point on a power play. The puck appeared to knuckle as it slipped inside the right post.

Boston tied it at 1 on Thornton’s power-play goal 3:08 into the second period. Thornton, positioned at the top right of the crease, redirected Jiri Slegr’s shot.

Raycroft lost his fourth straight start.

Notes: Boston defenseman David Tanabe, acquired from Phoenix on Friday night for C Dave Scatchard, played and wore No. 55. … The Sabres are 2-0 against the Bruins this season. … Buffalo LW Taylor Pratt, who scored his first three goals of the season Thursday night in a victory over Washington, was scoreless. … The Sabres have power-play goals in 13 of their last 14 games.

AP-ES-11-19-05 2137EST


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