Sturm scores shootout winner as Bruins edge first-place Sabres 3-2

Marc Savard and P.J. Axelsson scored in regulation for Boston, which avoided its longest losing streak of the season. Derek Roy and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres, losers of a season-high three straight.

Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots for Buffalo, including an exceptional diving save with his stick on a shot by Paul Mara late in the second period. But he couldn’t get his stick on Sturm’s shot in the shootout.

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The teams each scored two goals in the opening period and remained tied until overtime despite some good chances on both ends.