Boston rookie John Wensink riled burly Jerry Korab by hitting the Buffalo defenseman with a high stick in the opening minute of their game Thursday night, and the 6-foot-4 Korak retaliated with two goals to lift the Sabres to a 4-3 victory over the Bruins in National Hockey League action.

"I got a little upset there right off the bat," said the man who is nicknamed 'King Kong.' "He (Wensink) made a big mistake. He never should have hit me. He got going. Tell him thanks."

After being hit, Kora retaliated and drew a two-minute interference penalty plus an additional two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Sabres killed off the double minor, and 15 seconds, after Korab returned to the ice, he gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead on a 25-foot wrist shot.

Korab scored again in the second period, his 10th goal of the season, as Buffalo climbed to whithin two points of the first-place Bruins in the Adams Division. The Sabres also have two game in hand.

"I haven't been playing that well lately," Korab said. "This is probably my best game in 1 1/2 months. Maybe tonight we just came out of hibernation."

Said coach Floyd Smith, "To win a big game like this has got to mean something somentum-wise. This was the best game we've played this year."

Former Bruin Andre Savard and Brian Spencer also scored for the Sabres while Boston got its goals from Jean Ratelle, Rick Smith and Brad Park.