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Dominik Hasek came close to a second straight shutout as the Buffalo Sabres extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1) with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Hasek, who only faced 16 shots in his league-leading fifth shutout on Friday against the New York Rangers, made 34 saves against Boston.

"Last night was pretty easy, tonight was a little rough," Hasek said. "But we emphasized again how important it is to score the first goal and we did that again tonight."

Miroslav Satan scored two goals for the Sabres and Brian Holzinger and Mike Peca each scored once.

"I expected a very hard game and a very low-scoring game with good defense," Satan said. "Maybe we were a little lucky."

Buffalo got on a fast start with Holzinger scoring 4:09 into the game. Peca and Satan scored in the final minute of the first period to give Buffalo a 3-0 lead.

"A quick start was something we tried to emphasize." Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We knew that they had been talking about getting the first goal. We thought if we could get it, we'd get inside their heads a little bit."

Boston coach Pat Burns didn't hide his feelings about the first period.

"We did it to ourselves. They didn't do it to us." Burns said. "We didn't deserve to be on the same ice surface with them in the first 20 minutes."

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