Sabres Update: Erased three one-goal deficits to tie the Boston Bruins, 3-3, Wednesday at the Aud. It was the sixth home-ice tie for the Sabres, who have won just five of 17 Aud starts. . . . Are 1-4-2 in last seven home games. . . . Mikko Makela's goal against Bruins was his first in 12 games but he now has matched his total of last season. . . . Dean Kennedy is expected to return after missing Bruins game with a bruised hand. . . . Were 1-2-0 in last year's season series with the Blackhawks.
Blackhawks Update: NHL's point leaders are 5-2-1 in their last eight games and 9-4-1 in their last 14 games on the road. . . . Are 19-3-1 when they score first, yet have outscored the opposition, 54-36, in the third period. . . . Ironman right wing Steve Larmer has played in a 680 consecutive games, a league high and a Blackhawks' record. Larmer has at least one point in 29 of 40 games. . . . Dirk Graham leads the team with four short-handed goals. . . . Goaltender Ed Belfour is 17-7-2 in last 26 decisions . . . Keith Brown (dislocated shoulder) is out four to six weeks while Troy Murray (pulled groin) is day-to-day.