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When, where: Tonight, 7, at TD Banknorth Garden.

TV, radio: NESN, WBZ (1030).

Records: Buffalo is 37-16-1-4 (second in the Northeast Division with 79 points); Boston is 25-25-5-5 (fourth in the Northeast with 60 points).

Goals: Ales Kotalik 21, Chris Drury 19, Thomas Vanek 19.

Assists: Maxim Afinogenov 31, Teppo Numminen 31, Tim Connolly 29.

Goaltending: Ryan Miller (21-8-2, 2.27 GAA), Martin Biron (15-6-3, 2.98).

Head to head: This is the fourth of eight meetings. The Sabres have won the first three games by a combined 11-6. Tonight is the first game of a home-and-home set; the Bruins are at Buffalo Tuesday.

Miscellany: Buffalo is 10-5-1-1 against the Northeast Division . . . The Sabres raised Pat LaFontaine's No. 16 to the rafters last night.

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