DEFENSEMEN: Zdeno Chara, Aaron Ward, Dennis Wideman, Mark Stuart, Shane Hnidy, Matt Hunwick.
FIRST LINE: Milan Lucic, Marc Savard, Phil Kessel.
SECOND LINE: P.J. Axelsson, Patrice Bergeron, Michael Ryder.
THIRD LINE: Blake Wheeler, David Krejci, Chuck Kobasew.
FOURTH LINE: Shawn Thornton, Stephane Yelle, Petteri Nokelainen.
--G Tim Thomas, who has bailed his team out so many times over the last 100-plus games, was not there for his guys Wednesday night. He did make some very good saves but looked bad on the second and third Buffalo goals to allow more than two goals for the first time since a 3-2 loss at Calgary Oct. 30. Thomas has played five of the last six games and is 9-3-3 on the season.
--The top line continues to roll. C Marc Savard and wingers Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic have combined for 26 points in the last seven games. Savard is 2-10-12 over that span, while Kessel is 4-4-8 during a seven-game point streak and Lucic is 2-4-6 in the seven games.
--Lucic and coach Claude Julien defended the Bruins' actions that kept Lucic from fighting Montreal's Georges Laraque on Saturday night in Montreal. The contention was simple: The Bruins need Lucic on the ice more than the Canadiens need Laraque.
--Lucic and W Blake Wheeler have the Bruins' two hat tricks this season. Both outbursts have been followed by scoring droughts. Lucic went seven games without a goal after his three against Atlanta on Oct. 25, and Wheeler hasn't scored in the last nine since his hat trick Nov. 3 against Toronto.
--D Matt Hunwick is still on an offensive tear. He scored another goal Wednesday night and is 3-3-6 during a five-game point streak.
--LW Marco Sturm missed his fourth game with an upper-body injury.