For the first time this season, the Bruins played a game and came away with nothing to show for it, except for a couple of blown leads and a whole lot of frustration.

Thomas Vanek had a five-point game and goalie Ryan Miller returned to his All-World self in the third period to lead the Sabres to 7-4 victory last night.

Cody Hodgson gave the Sabres a 5-4 lead at 6:54 of the third when a neutral zone turnover led to a 2-on-1. Vanek, who already had two goals and an assist, faked a shot and sent a pass to Hodgson, who one-timed it past Tuukka Rask.

The Sabres turned it over to Miller at that point, and he made a couple of spectacular saves, one on Zdeno Chara and another on Patrice Bergeron.

Then with the B's pressing to tie the game, Vanek scored his third goal on a 2-on-0 to seal the win. Jason Pominville added a late empty net score.

After the B's blew a two-goal lead late in the second period, David Krejci broke a 3-3 tie at 1:45 of the third with a pretty drag move off the rush, but the Sabres came right back, scoring 43 seconds later on an Alexander Sulzer slapper over Rask's glove.

There was no scoring in the first period, but much to everyone's expectation, there was a fight. The Sabres acquired 6-foot-8, 270-pound brawler John Scott in the offseason and did so for one reason — so he could fight for them.

The Sabres had their season submarined last year when Milan Lucic ran over Miller and there was no real response, so this was it.