Linus Ullmark was the Sabres best player against the Bruins stopping 39 shots (Getty Images)

The Buffalo Sabres have a tough enough time beating the Boston Bruins even when they have Jack Eichel in the lineup.  But with Eichel missing his second straight game with what is described as an upper body injury, their chances of winning in Boston are diminished immensely.  

The Sabres spent the first two periods of Saturday night's game going thru the motions because that's all the Bruins would allow them to do.  In the meantime the Bruins built a 2-0 lead and it turned out it would be enough for a 2-1 victory.

Rasmus Ristolainen scored the lone Buffalo goal late in the third period to avert the shutout, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Bruins from beating the Sabres for the third time in four meetings this season.  Luckily, that's the last time the Sabres will have to deal with the Bruins this season.

But the latest of those three victories was enough to put the Bruins into third place in the Eastern division and dropping the Sabres into a tie for a wild card spot with the New York Islanders.  Montreal meanwhile is just one point back.

The loss ended a four-game winning streak for goaltender Linus Ullmark who stopped 39 shots, but didn't get much help at either end of the ice.  The Sabres now have just one victory in their last five games.  They host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.