Buffalo Sabres defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2

BUFFALO - There no doubt is a place for Maxim Afinogenov in the NHL, and maybe it's with the Sabres, the team with which he made his NHL debut in 1999.

He is fast. He can be mesmerizing with the puck. At his best, he is among the game's most thrilling, entertaining attackers, fast on his skates and devilishly clever with his stick.

But when he's not producing (sound familiar, Sergei Samsonov fans?), he can be the focal point of the club's frustration. The Sabres were wi...

BUFFALO - Just when it looked like maybe the Bruins could never lose again, they lost again, for the first time in about a month (in regulation time), but only by a goal.

"Not bad," said coach Claude Julien, following his squad's 3-2 loss last night at the hands of the struggling Sabres. "But we had a lot of guys who were just OK."

Therein lies the good news for the Bruins in 2008-09. When they are "just OK," which is about all they have been now for years, they aren...