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When, where: Tonight, 7, at HSBC Arena, Buffalo.
TV, radio: NESN, WBZ (1030).
Records: Boston is 22-21-1-3 (fifth in the Northeast with 48 points); Buffalo is 33-14-2-2 (first in the Northeast with 70 points).
Goals: Chris Drury 26, Thomas Vanek 24, Jason Pominville 21, Maxim Afinogenov 21.
Assists: Daniel Briere 42, Afinogenov 31, Vanek 25, Brian Campbell 25.
Goaltending: Ryan Miller (24-10-3, 2.70 GAA), Martin Biron (9-4-1, 3.17).
Head to head: This is the fifth of eight meetings. The Sabres have won three of the four, one in a shootout.
Miscellany: This is first of a home-and-home series; the teams play again in Boston Thursday . . . Briere was MVP in last week's All-Star Game, collecting one goal and four assists.