BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Brian Campbell and Maxim Afinogenov scored four minutes apart in the third period, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
The loss spoiled a breakout game for Bruins rookie Phil Kessel, who enjoyed the first two-goal game of his career, in only his fifth game back since having surgery for testicular cancer.
Daniel Paille scored twice, including an empty-net goal in the final minute, to help the Sabres snap a season-worst three-game winless streak (0-2-1). Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy also scored as Buffalo also ended a three-game home losing skid.
Glen Murray also scored for the Bruins, who settled for a split of the home-at-home series after a 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres at Boston on Monday. Boston dropped to 2-6-1 in its last nine games and has lost five straight on the road - the team's worst stretch since going 0-5 in the final month of last season.
The Eastern Conference-leading Sabres (32-11-4), who allowed the Bruins to tie the game twice, rallied with their best offensive outing in 11 games - dating to a 6-3 win over Washington on Dec. 26.
Campbell put the Sabres up 4-3 with 9:55 remaining, when his rising shot from the right point appeared to deflect off someone in front and sailed past screened goalie Tim Thomas.
Afinogenov then sealed it 3:39 later, capping a great individual effort when he streaked past defender Andrew Alberts at the Bruins' blue-line, cut to the net and backhanded a shot in.