Toronto 4, Buffalo 3

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 38-29-8-1 18-16-3-1 20-13-5-0 L1
Toronto 35-32-5-5 18-14-3-4 17-18-2-1 W1


Mikhail Grabovski scored the go-ahead goal and Clarke MacArthur had a goal and two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs kept their faint playoff hopes alive with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Dion Phaneuf and Darryl Boyce also scored for Toronto (35-32-10), which pulled within five points of eighth-place Buffalo (38-29-9) in the Eastern Conference.

Rookie goaltender James Reimer turned aside 28 shots and held the Sabres off the board for the final 26-plus minutes after Buffalo had erased a pair of two-goal deficits.

Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and Rob Niedermayer scored goals and Ryan Miller made 31 saves for the Sabres, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

After the Sabres had tied the score with goals by Pominville and Niedermayer in a 29-second span, Grabovski delivered the game-winner at 13:35 of the second period, poking a pass from Phil Kessel past Miller.

Phaneuf and Boyce staked the Leafs to a 2-0 lead, but Vanek scored with 12 seconds left in the opening period to cut the deficit in half.

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   Toronto
Rob Niedermayer 1 Points Clarke MacArthur 3
Rob Niedermayer 1 Goals Clarke MacArthur 1
Tim Connolly 1 Assists Clarke MacArthur 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ryan Miller .886 Save Percentage James Reimer .903
Ryan Miller 31 Saves James Reimer 28

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 31 3 0-2 5-5 14 27
Toronto 35 4 0-5 2-2 8 35

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play its next game on the road against Boston. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .471 after a win and .442 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against NY Rangers. The Sabres have a W/L % of .359 after a win and .649 after a loss.
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