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Travel-hardened Sabres return home to face Bruins (7 p.m.)

BUFFALO (LGS) — And there is no rest for the weary. Or those who play hockey.

The Buffalo Sabres, fresh off a West Coast road trip that saw them play three games in four nights, return home Monday night to face their Northeast Division rivals the Boston Bruins (7 p.m. on Versus).

The Sabres (13-13-1) returned to the East Coast Sunday evening and must now adjust their bodies in time to face the Bruins.

It will be easier for them coming off of their latest victory, a 7-1 destruction of the San Jose Sharks that ended their grueling trip Saturday.

The Sabres surrendered the first goal for the second straight game before unloading for four goals in the second period and three in the third.

Tim Connolly and Derek Roy recorded a goal and an assist each with Connolly's tally the eventual game-winner. Paul Gaustad added two goals. In all, 13 different Sabres recorded at least one point in the game, while five had two.

The win salvaged a road trip that was shaping up to be disastrous for Buffalo after two uneven losses in southern California Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Forward Daniel Paille was scratched for the San Jose game in favor of dressing tough guy Andrew Peters.

Buffalo's offense has struggled against Boston (15-10-3) this season. However, the primary reason for those struggles won't be available to the Bruins.

Goaltender Tim Thomas, who has blossomed this season and carried his team to the second-place record in the Northeast Division, is out of the lineup with a groin pull.

Thomas has a 2-0-1 record against the Sabres this season, having won their latest meeting 2-1 in Boston Nov. 10.

With Thomas unavailable, the Bruins could turn to top prospect Tuukka Rask or the recently acquired Alexander Auld to man the pipes Monday.

Auld played in Boston's last game, recording a 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday. Auld stopped 25 shots for the victory.

Boston enters the contest with an 8-4-1 record in its last 13 games, while the Sabres are 7-3 in their last 10.

Fun-Fact of the Game:

In the three games this season between these two clubs, the home team has won each game. Buffalo's lone win came Nov. 7 2-1 in overtime. Clarke MacArthur scored the winner in his first game of the season.

By Timothy Chipp, LGS Columnist
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