BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Clarke MacArthur scored 3:16 into overtime, and Ryan Miller made 25 saves to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

Cruising in the high slot, MacArthur one-timed Drew Stafford’s pass from the left boards past goalie Tim Thomas for the win. Ales Kotalik also scored for Buffalo, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The struggling Sabres have won three times in their last nine games after winning the President’s Trophy last season.

Thomas finished with 27 saves and Marc Savard scored for the Bruins, who lost for the third straight time. Boston has lost eight of its last nine in Buffalo.

The Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead on Savard’s third goal of the season at 8:07 of the first period. From the left circle, Savard was able to convert on a rebound after Miller made the initial save on Glen Murray.

The Sabres tied it with 4:10 remaining in the second period when Kotalik scored on the power play. After accepting a pass from Maxim Afinogenov, Kotalik ripped a slap shot from the left point for his third of the season.

The goal snapped Buffalo’s scoreless sequence at 99 minutes, 13 seconds. Buffalo hadn’t scored since Thomas Vanek converted late in the Sabres’ 4-2 loss to Florida last Friday. Thomas helped send the game into overtime with solid stops on Toni Lydman’s wrist shot and Stafford’s rebound attempt with 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

The banged-up Sabres were without five regulars because of injuries, including forwards Tim Connolly (strained abdomen) and Adam Mair (sprained right ankle), who both missed their first game after being hurt in Buffalo’s shutout loss.

to Montreal on Monday.

Notes: Both teams are in the midst of playing nine straight games against Northeast Division foes. … Boston hosts Montreal on Thursday in the opener of a three-game homestand. … MacArthur was called up from Rochester earlier in the day, and was leading the AHL in scoring with 18 points. … Boston D Andrew Ference missed his second game because of an upper body injury. … Lydman wore a full face mask for the second straight game to help protect a gash above his lip.

AP-ES-11-07-07 2201EST


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