Craig Smith’s 3 goals carry Bruins past Sabres 6-2

BOSTON — (AP) — Craig Smith scored three goals to help the Boston Bruins complete their season-series dominance over the Buffalo Sabres with a 6-2 victory on Saturday.

With its ninth victory in 11 games, Boston remained a point behind the third-place Islanders in the NHL’s East division.

Nick Ritchie added a goal and an assist, and Sean Kuraly and Patrice Bergeron also had a goal for Boston. Rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman made 17 saves in his eighth start, and David Krejci had three assists — all on Smith’s goals.

The Bruins went 7-1 against the Sabres this season and improved to 21-4-1 in the teams’ last 26 meetings.

Arttu Ruotsalainen scored, and Riley Sheahan added a shorthanded goal for Buffalo, which has lost six of seven.