Boston (20-11-5) at Buffalo (15-18-4)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Jan 1, 2011
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The Boston Bruins have played nothing but close games on their road trip. That’s also been the case the last two times they’ve faced the Buffalo Sabres.

These Northeast Division rivals meet for the fourth time this season Saturday night, as the first-place Bruins try to earn another point on their trip and prevent the Sabres from winning back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month.

Boston (20-11-5) opened its five-game trip with a 3-2 shootout win over Florida on Monday after tying the game in the third period and beat Tampa Bay 4-3 the next night on Mark Recchi’s(notes) power-play goal with 20 seconds left in regulation.

The Bruins then traveled to Atlanta and lost 3-2 in a shootout Thursday to end their three-game win streak. Boston outshot the Thrashers 44-32, 18-7 in a scoreless third period.

“I think we put forth the effort and if we do that the rest of the road trip we’re gonna get some more wins,” center Marc Savard(notes) told the Bruins’ official website after practice Friday.

“We were happy with our effort, obviously not happy with the final result, but you know, the guys keep working like we did today in practice, you know we should find them all.”

Savard failed to register a point for the fifth time in six games, and he has one goal and three assists in 13 games since returning from post-concussion symptoms.

“I’d like to get consistent here and start producing obviously, but I’m starting to feel better,” he said. “I’m skating better and last game I got to the puck better and I was able to be a little more patient, make better plays.”

Savard went without a point in two meetings against Buffalo (15-18-4) in December, which were both one-goal games. The Bruins won 3-2 in overtime at home Dec. 7 and the Sabres rallied for a 3-2 victory on their own ice eight days later.

Buffalo has dropped four of six since that win and hasn’t posted consecutive victories since Dec. 3-4. The Sabres, though, will have a chance to do so Saturday after winning 4-2 in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Defenseman Mike Weber(notes) scored his first two NHL goals and added an assist, while Ryan Miller(notes) made 29 saves to earn his 200th win.

“It’s pretty cool to be around long enough to get 200 wins,” Miller said. “You never expect to be around that long. I am just happy to be playing and making a career out of it. It’s exciting to reach milestones now.”

Luke Adam(notes) and Jochen Hecht(notes) also scored for the Sabres, who avoided a third straight loss.

Boston won 5-2 in Buffalo in the first meeting this season Nov. 3, getting goals from five players as Miller sat out with a lower-body injury.

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