After a loss in Buffalo on Thursday, the Bruins really needed this one. Second straight game against a Sabres team that looks as if it's going to be in the Stay-Bad-For-Ekblad Sweepstakes, and the first was all but tossed away by Chad Johnson's subpar outing and some defensive breakdowns in the third period.

It might be a bit early to scoreboard watch, but with Montreal and Tampa winning, Detroit-Toronto going to OT, and the Senators grabbing a point, it was good night to grab two points at home and continue holding the rest of the Atlantic at bay.

Happily, that's exactly what happened.

The Bruins outplayed Buffalo from the onset, and while some questionable reffing, dumb penalties, and stretches of good play from the visitors made the game an interesting watch, the Sabres really never had answer for the Bruins and a very good Tuukka Rask after Milan Lucic potted his 12th goal of the season to put the Bruins up 2-1 in the second.