The Bruins keep coming back to one important thing. It’s been clear in the way they talk before and after games, and more importantly, it’s been clear in the way they’ve played. That one thing, the one thing that has been so important during their incredible start, is, of course, consistency. The Bruins went into Buffalo on Sunday night and picked up a 3-1 win over the Sabres, and in the process, Boston moved to 8-1-1 on the season, good for the best 10-game start in club history. Sunday’s win by itself doesn’t necessarily reinforce the importance of consistency. It’s the lesson they presumably learned in their last game with Buffalo, a 7-4 loss on Jan. 31. The Bruins showed crushing lapses in consistency in that game and the Sabres hurt them. The Bruins were awful in their own end, with Claude Julien labeling the defensive effort as “brain-dead.” It was a smack in the face, and a reminder that consistency is the key to success in the NHL, especially when you’re dealing with a shortened season. Boston showed improvements across the board Sunday night in Buffalo. They were much better in their own end, playing a much more familiar brand of defensive hockey. The result, of course, was another two points. “We talked about the game versus Buffalo where we didn’t play well defensively, and that took away from our consistency so far but everything else has been pretty good,” Julien said. “You look around the league and there seem to be a lot of ups and downs with all of the different teams, but so far I like the consistency of our hockey club and hopefully that keeps happening.” It wasn’t necessarily easy for Boston on Sunday night, though. The Bruins dominated play, but they had little to show for it. Ryan Miller was back his elite ways, and looked primed to steal a win for the Sabres. Another stalled Bruins power play in the second period led directly to a Tyler Ennis goal that tied the game 1-1 after two periods. However, the Bruins dug deep, yet again, as they’ve been known to do this season. In fact, they even got the go-ahead goal on a power-play goal. It was a fitting reward for a team that stuck to its system — sometimes seemingly to a fault. “We stayed composed and did the little things that gave us success like battling and getting the puck on the forecheck and establishing some net-front presence and putting the puck on net and we found a way,” Patrice Bergeron said.

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