BUFFALO, NY (AP)– Niklas Svedberg made 32 saves in his first NHL shutout, and the Boston Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 on Saturday night.
It was just the third career start for Svedberg, who replaced Tuukka Rask in the third period of Boston’s loss Thursday at Montreal.
Dougie Hamilton, Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Carl Soderberg scored for the Bruins (3-4). All four goals came at even strength, and three were scored against Buffalo’s top line.
The Sabres (1-5) were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since October 2003. Buffalo went 0 for 7 on the power play, falling to 0 for 18 on the season.
Jhonas Enroth made 31 saves.
The Bruins’ first three goals were scored by defensemen.
Hamilton rifled in a wrist shot from the right point to give Boston a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Patrice Bergeron set it up with a pass from the corner.
Chara’s slap shot from the right point made it 2-0 with 6:29 left in the period. Brad Marchand and Hamilton assisted on the goal.
Svedberg made 16 saves in the first period, and the Bruins killed off two penalties.
Krug scored on a long wrist shot off of David Krejci’s faceoff win to put the Bruins up 3-0 midway through the second period.
Soderberg made it 4-0 when he took Chris Kelly’s pass from behind the net and roofed a backhanded shot from point-blank range with 5:12 left in the second.
NOTES: Boston F Milan Lucic apologized to the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens and their fans for making an obscene gesture Thursday night in Montreal. … Bruins LW Simon Gagne made his first start of the season. The former Philadelphia Flyers forward was signed earlier this week after being out of the NHL last season. … Sabres C Sam Reinhart, the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, was a healthy scratch for the first time. … Bruins D Kevan Miller left the game with an upper body injury after fighting Sabres F Nicolas Deslauriers eight minutes into the first period and didn’t return.