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Sabres' Hasek Dominates Again


For the past two years, Dominik Hasek has been recognized as the No. 1 goaltender in hockey. Now he's also No. 1 in Buffalo.

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  • Hasek became the winningest goaltender in Sabres history with his 157th victory, moving past Don Edwards with a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

    "For eight million bucks he should be breaking all the records," said Sabres forward Matthew Barnaby. "It's a great feat for him. I'm just glad he's doing it for us."

    Curtis Brown's second goal of the season in the third period stood up as the game-winner, as the Sabres continued what for them is a scoring binge.

    Dixon, Ward, Miroslav Satan and Michal Grosek also scored for the Sabres, who were coming off a home-and-home sweep of Toronto in which they ended a scoring drought with 10 goals.

    Before scoring 14 goals in their last three games, the Sabres had only 14 in their first seven.

    "Some nights it's just really hard to score in this league," Brown said. "But we're getting the puck to the net and getting there for second and third chances."

    Buffalo is unbeaten in its last four games, while Boston has won just one of its last six.

    Steve Heinze and Hal Gill scored for Boston, which is playing without Kyle McLaren and Anson Carter; the two players have yet to come to terms.

    "I think for us to be the team we can be, we need to have them back in the fold," Bruins captain Ray Bourque said.

    "We should have made better shots and better decisions," said Bruins center Jason Allison, whose team only took 20 shots. "We hit him in the pads, and it didn't matter who the goalie was. They're all going to save those."

    Hasek has put up some lofty numbers against the Bruins, winning eighof his last 11 games against them, including two shutouts. The landmark win was "a nice, nice feeling" for Hasek. "But most importantly, we beat the Boston Bruins."

    The Sabres went into the game having killed 20 straight penalties, but Boston had the league's fourth-ranked power play.

    The Bruins used it to score their first goal at 11:12 when Heinze stickhandled out from behind the net and flipped the puck past Hasek.

    Ward chopped in the rebound of Michael Peca's blast to tie it with 2:37 left in the first period.

    The second period started with a bang, as Matthew Barnaby checked Bruins wing P.J. Axelsson, delivering an elbow to the chin that knocked Axelsson down.

    "He's got a concussion, a good concussion," Bruins coach Pat Burns said. "The league said they were going to clamp down on shots to the head. We're going to send a tape in, and Mr. Barnaby might be in trouble."

    Barnaby said he didn't mean to hit him with an elbow.

    "I just tried to come across and hit him. I tried to hit him with a shoulder," Barnaby said.

    Satan made it 2-1 with a wrist shot over Byron Dafoe's glove at 2:27. Brown scored five minutes into the third period for a 3-1 Sabres lead.

    Gill cut it to 3-2 for Boston with a shot that slid under Hasek at 9:02 of the third. Grosek capped the scoring at 11:59.

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