It wasn't quite the no-doubt victory the Bruins would have preferred leading into tomorrow night's Garden visit by the mighty San Jose Sharks but at least the B's secured the two points they needed against the lowly Sabres — improving to 4-0-0 on the road with a one-sided 5-2 victory.

In his first start as a Bruin goalie Chad Johnson didn't face a great many quality chances but did his job well enough to get the win.

Milan Lucic scored the B's first two goals (No. 4 & 5) both assisted by Jarome Iginla. Dougie Hamilton (2) added a second-period score. The Sabres scored twice in the second — a PPG by Cody Hodgson and an in-deep backhander by rookie D Nikita Zadorov — to make it 3-2.

But with the clubs skating 4-on-4 at 4:04 of the third B's defenseman Tory Krug outmuscled veteran Sabre Drew Stafford to walk out front and send a forehander past Miller making it 4-2.

At 5:49 of the third Buffalo goon John Scott lined up Loui Eriksson an instant after the B's winger passed the puck in neutral ice. Scott came from the side and nailed Eriksson in the face with his shoulder -- a nasty cheap shot that earned him a match penalty and almost certainly a suspension. Eriksson was helped off the ice as Adam McQuaid took on Scott in a fight.