Boston Bruins defeat Buffalo Sabres, 3-1

In his first game in three weeks, Manny Fernandez showed a packed house at TD Banknorth Garden last night that he can play a little goal, too.

The Bruins turned back the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, and Fernandez made 32 stops, getting sharper as the game went on.

Still, no matter how well he does, he can't beat out Tim Thomas for the No. 1 spot because Thomas has been too good too often. Thomas, who had consecutive shutouts against Edmonton and Vancouver Oct. 27 and 28, is 4-1...

Some of the buzz, once so familiar and intoxicating on Causeway Street, continued to build last night at the TD Banknorth Garden, even without the Dallas Stars on the Saturday night playbill in the dual roles of villain and victim.

Instead, before a full house of 17,565 at the Vault, the Bruins overcame a first-period hiccup and chugged along to a convincing 3-1 triumph over the Sabres for their third straight win. It was also their sixth win in seven outings, pushing t...