BOSTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Brian Rolston scored a pair of shorthanded goals Saturday night and Joe Thornton tallied twice at even strength, leading the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Rolston leads the NHL with four shorthanded goals and became the first Bruin to score two in one game since Bryan Smolinski did so in 1994. The speedy winger put Boston ahead for good 5:10 into the first period, beating goaltender Martin Biron to a loose puck at the right faceoff circle before scoring into the vacated net.
After Thornton made it 2-0 early in the second, Rolston got the back-breaker with four seconds to go in the period. Buffalo's Miroslav Satan fell at the right point, enabling Rolston to lead a three on one into the Sabres' zone. He never relinquished the puck, faking a slap shot to freeze Biron, then whipping in a wrister for his 14th goal.
Thornton capped his first multi-goal game of the season 5:07 into the third period as the Bruins won for the sixth time in their last seven home games.
Satan and Vaclav Varada scored third-period goals for Buffalo, which lost for the second time in as many nights following a four-game unbeaten streak.