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Associated Press
1/15/2007 4:21:19 PM


BOSTON (AP) - Marco Sturm scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift Boston to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, snapping the Bruins' three-game losing streak.

Marc Savard and P.J. Axelsson scored in regulation for Boston, which avoided its longest losing streak of the season. Derek Roy and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres, losers of a season-high three straight.

Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots for Buffalo, including an exceptional diving save with his stick on a shot by Paul Mara late in the second period. But he couldn't get his stick on Sturm's shot in the shootout.

The teams each scored two goals in the opening period and remained tied until overtime despite some good chances on both ends.

Miller made his highlight save on Mara with just more than three minutes left in the second period. Mara, who hustled down the middle to turn a 2-on-1 break into a 3-on-1, fired a shot at what appeared to be an open net. Miller dove across from the right post and the puck hit off the centre of his stick while he was airborne. The puck dropped into the crease and Miller covered it up for a faceoff.

Tim Thomas made 34 saves for Boston.

Boston jumped ahead 1-0 at 3:23 of the opening period when Savard scored off the rebound of Zdeno Chara's shot from the edge of the right circle, slipping a wrist shot into the right post.

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