It was just the first of six games between the Bruins and Sabres this year, but Buffalo left the Garden last night with plenty of bad blood.

Goalie Ryan Miller took major exception to the hit he took from Milan Lucic in the first period. Lucic crashed into Miller after the goalie won a race to a loose puck. Miller missed Lucic with a wild swing of his stick after the collision, but he took some verbal jabs at Lucic from the safety of the visitors' locker room after the 6-2 drubbing.

Miller left the game after giving up three goals in the second period. Coach Lindy Ruff said it was due to a sore neck stemming from the mash-up — and he wasn't on the bench in the third, but he was ready to blast away when reporters went into the Buffalo locker room.