Rookie Ales Kotalik scored two goals for the third straight game as the Sabres scored four times in the third period to rally for a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins last night in Buffalo.

"I didn't even think I would ever score goals in the NHL, but it's coming," Kotalik said. "I can be comfortable and make things happen."

Tim Connolly and Miroslav Satan also scored for Buffalo, which trailed 2-1 midway through the final period.

Rookie Ryan Miller, making his fifth straight start, stopped 21 shots for Buffalo.

Brian Rolston and Jozef Stumpel scored for Boston.

With the game tied at 2, Kotalik took a pass from J.P. Dumont and beat Steve Shields in the slot for his 12th of the season with 1 minute 13 seconds left.

Satan added an empty-net goal for Buffalo with two seconds remaining.

Kotalik and the Sabres are 3-1 since Coach Lindy Ruff paired him with Stu Barnes and J.P. Dumont.

"We've got a line now that believes it can score any time," Ruff said. "It's probably the biggest difference. We've been feeding off a line we just believe can go out there and score goals."

The Bruins, who dropped their fifth straight, lost for the first time this season when leading after two periods.

"Coaches do a great job of putting a game plan in place and we go out for 40 minutes," Boston defenseman Nick Boynton said.

* DEVILS 2, PANTHERS 1: Christian Berglund and Scott Gomez scored second-period goals to lead visiting New Jersey.

Martin Brodeur, who had a 19-game unbeaten streak against Florida snapped in the teams' last meeting on Jan. 1, made 27 saves.

Olli Jokinen scored a power-play goal in the third period, and Roberto Luongo stopped 34 shots for Florida, which lost its fifth straight at home.

"Goals are hard to come by for us," New Jersey center Joe Nieuwendyk said. "Lately, we've taken a more aggressive approach to the net and making goalies work. Sometimes you have to score ugly, and we're doing that right now."

* BLUE JACKETS 3, CANUCKS 2: Geoff Sanderson scored and assisted on Tyler Wright's winning goal to lead visiting Columbus over Vancouver for the first time.

Rookie Rick Nash also scored for the Blue Jackets, who came in 0-7-1 against Vancouver. The Blue Jackets have won two straight after General Manager Doug MacLean fired Dave King on Tuesday and took over as interim coach.

* WILD 2, COYOTES 1: Cliff Ronning and Andrei Zyuzin each scored power-play goals for host Minnesota, which ended a three-game losing streak.

Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves for the Wild, which went 2 for 6 on the power play. Pascal Dupuis notched his 20th assist for Minnesota, which began the night ranked 26th in the league with a 12.7 percent conversion rate with an extra skater.

Mike Johnson scored and Zac Bierk made 41 saves for Phoenix, winless in its last three after winning four in a row.

Bierk, making his second start of the season, missed out on his first NHL win since the 1999-00 season with Tampa Bay. Bierk is the younger brother of Sebastian Bach -- the lead singer of the 1980s heavy metal band Skid Row.