Late goals by Krejci, Horton lift Bruins past Sabres

Posted March 31, 2013, at 7:43 p.m.
Last modified March 31, 2013, at 10:47 p.m.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — David Krejci scored with 7:06 remaining, and Nathan Horton added some insurance with 4:16 left to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night at the First Niagara Center.

After 52-plus minutes of scoreless play, Krejci broke the deadlock on a rebound in front of the Buffalo net. Horton skated hard toward the net and, after his backhand shot was stopped by Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, Krejci put the loose puck into the open net to finally get the Bruins on the board.

Krejci also set up Horton’s goal three minutes later. The forward raced up the left side of the ice and found Horton camped in front of the Buffalo net for an easy tap-in — his 11th goal of the season.

Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin picked up his second career shutout, making 26 saves. Boston improved to 22-8-4.

The Sabres (13-17-6) had several chances in the Boston end but were unable to get any pucks past Khudobin. Buffalo’s struggles on the power play continued against the Bruins, with the Sabres going 0-for-4 with the extra man. Heading into the game, the Sabres were 27th in the league at just 13.5 percent on the power play.

Miller had 29 saves for Buffalo.

NOTES: Buffalo’s Steve Ott left the game briefly in the first period after getting checked into the boards by Zdeno Chara. He returned a short time later. … Sabres forward Thomas Vanek missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury. Vanek is Buffalo’s leading scorer with 33 points in 29 games. … Ville Leino sat out after suffering an upper-body injury late in Saturday’s loss to Washington. Leino is day-to-day. … Aaron Johnson and Lane MacDermid were scratched by the Bruins. … Sabres goalie Ryan Miller tied a franchise record for most games played by a Buffalo goaltender by making his 491st start. Miller’s next start will place him ahead of former Sabres great Dominik Hasek. … This was the fourth of five meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season and the 267th game all-time between the two clubs. Buffalo leads the series 116-111-40.

SATURDAY’S GAME: Don’t count the Philadelphia Flyers out of the playoff race just yet. Mike Knuble, Matt Read and Ruslan Fedotenko scored goals, Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves and the Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers (14-17-3) snapped a three-game winless streak (0-1-2). They moved within four points of the New York Rangers and New York Islanders, who were tied for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers play at Montreal later Saturday night.

“It’s a huge win,” captain Claude Giroux said. “Boston is one of the best in the league and to get those two points is huge.”

With 14 games remaining, the Flyers are in danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in 18 years and first since 2007.

“It’s nice to get two points and this is a time when you scoreboard watch at home, so hopefully there’s some teams that can help us out along the way, but we have to do our business when we’re playing,” forward Scott Hartnell said.

Nathan Horton had the only goal for playoff-bound Boston, which is playing for a higher seed. The Bruins (21-8-4) came in one point behind Montreal for the second spot in the East.

“We had our chances,” Horton said. “I think we were working hard but just couldn’t buy a goal and maybe gripping our sticks a little too much. Once they got the lead, they were playing back.”

Knuble gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal in the first. Sean Couturier passed down low to Brayden Schenn, who flipped it back to Knuble in front. Knuble lifted a shot over Tuukka Rask’s glove for his second goal in two games after being a healthy scratch the previous eight games.

Read made it 2-0 early in the second. Jakub Voracek made a perfect crossing pass to Read streaking down the center. Read unleashed a powerful shot past Rask for his first goal since returning from a ribs injury.

Read ripped a shot off the crossbar later in the period.

The Bruins cut it to 2-1 when Horton rammed home a rebound off a point-shot by Dennis Seidenberg five minutes into the third.

Bryzgalov made a nice stick save on Brad Marchand’s slap shot with 1:58 left to preserve the lead.

“Lot of shots came from the outside, and Bryzgalov made some big saves when we needed him, but I think the guys out front played very well,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said.

Fedotenko fired one into an empty net in the final minute for his first goal in 29 games.

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