The Buffalo Sabres ended their longest losing streak of the season in a big way their last time out. Losing big is becoming all too common for the Boston Bruins.
Buffalo tries to continue its mastery of slumping Boston on Thursday when the Northeast Division rivals complete a home-and-home series at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Sabres (34-14-4) scored four second-period goals Tuesday and coasted to a 7-1 home victory over the Bruins (22-23-4), snapping their skid at three.
Red-hot Daniel Briere recorded his second career hat trick and Martin Biron stopped 25 shots for Buffalo, which squandered third-period leads in consecutive losses to Columbus and the New York Islanders over the weekend.
"We were struggling with the one-goal leads, so tonight we made sure we didn't stop," Briere said. "We just kept scoring goals."
Briere has five goals and six assists during a six-game point streak, excluding the five points he had in the All-Star Game that earned him MVP honors.
"I shouldn't say it was one of those nights," Briere said. "It's been one of those last 10 days for me. It's been crazy. It's been a lot of fun lately."
Even with Tuesday's victory, Buffalo finished 6-7-1 in January, its worst month since December 2003. Still, the Sabres lead the Eastern Conference with 72 points and are only three behind Nashville for most in the NHL.