SABRES 6, MAPLE LEAFS 5 (OT): Defenseman Alexander Sulzer had two goals and an assist and Derek Roy tallied twice - with the latter coming 3:29 into overtime - to keep host Buffalo’s playoff aspirations alive.
The Sabres dug themselves an early hole but finished strong to pick up a crucial two points and draw even at 88 points with Washington for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
After falling behind 5-3 midway through the third period, Buffalo threw everything it had at Toronto in the final 10 minutes to force overtime.
The Sabres had momentum heading into the extra frame when Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf took a delay of game penalty while trying to clear the puck in the defensive zone.
Roy capitalized on the ensuing 4-on-3 power play when he fired from the slot past Ben Scrivens to send the Sabres’ faithful into a frenzy.
Sulzer banged in his second marker on a rebound with just over five minutes remaining in the third to cut the Toronto's lead to 5-4.
Defenseman Jordan Leopold then pinched in from the blue line and ended a furious scramble in front of the Toronto goal when he jammed in a rebound to knot the contest with 1:53 remaining in the third period.
Tyler Bozak scored a pair of goals and set up Matt Frattin for a one-timer to give Toronto an early 3-0 lead after 20 minutes and cap a three-point performance.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (foot) didn’t play. ... Buffalo closes out the season in Philadelphia on Thursday and Boston on Saturday. ... The home team won every game in the season series.