Dean Kennedy's two unanimous decisions against the Quebec Nordiques on Sunday night forced him out of the lineup for Wednesday's 3-3 tie with the Boston Bruins.
Kennedy sat out with a bruised hand sustained when he handily defeated the Nordiques Owen Nolan and Daniel Vincellette in a pair of fights.
Kennedy tested the hand during the pregame skate before coming out of the lineup. He was replaced by Grant Ledyard.
Boston's Cam Neely was held without a goal after scoring in eight straight games. His streak began Dec. 9 during the Bruins' 3-2 victory at the Aud.
"I started here, so . . . I guess I'll just have to start a new one," Neely said.
Neely assisted on a third-period goal by Vladimir Ruzicka, and has at least one point in each of his last nine games.
The line of Christian Ruuttu, Dave Snuggerud and Mikko Makela combined for six of Buffalo's 16 shots. Four Buffalo forwards were held without a shot: Dale Hawerchuk, Pierre Turgeon, Dave Andreychuk and Lou Franceschetti. Hawerchuk and Andreychuk have not scored in Buffalo's five games against the Bruins while Turgeon has one goal.
Sabres defenseman Jay Wells received a game misconduct for entering an altercation involving Mike Hartman and Boston's Chris Nilan. Hartman was getting the worse of the duel when Wells jumped in at the 16:59 mark of the second period. . . . Boston was denied victory when a Dave Poulin shot deflected off both goal posts during a breakaway with seven minutes remaining in regulation. . . . The three stars went to Sabres goaltender Clint Malarchuk, and Boston's Ruzicka and Don Sweeney.
The sellout was the Sabres fourth of the season. . . . The team held its annual open practice this morning at the Aud. The Sabres will entertain Chicago on Friday night.