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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Buffalo



(Friday, December 18th)

Final Score: Buffalo 5, Toronto 2

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Miller stopped 40-of-42 shots as Buffalo downed Toronto, 5-2, at HSBC Arena.

Derek Roy, Toni Lydman, Mike Grier and Matt Ellis tallied during a four-goal second period for the Sabres, winners in five of their last six.

Viktor Stalberg and Lee Stempniak scored for the Maple Leafs, who lost for the second straight time after winning six of eight.

Starter Vesa Toskala was dented for four goals on 10 shots in the loss. Jonas Gustavsson finished the game by halting 16-of-17 shots.

Roy began the burst for the Sabres with 1:32 gone in the second period, knotting the game 1-1.

Lydman gave the Sabres a 2-1 edge at 7:02 on another Toskala folly, as the Toronto netminder failed to glove the high shot, then saw the puck slide behind him and over the goal line.

Grier boosted the edge to 3-1, when an attempted centering pass from Tim Kennedy deflected off his thigh and in at 9:14, then Ellis made it a three- goal contest with a wrister to the glove side at 12:48.

Thomas Vanek's wraparound score with 8:51 left in regulation put Buffalo up 5-1, then Stempniak capped the scoring with 19.2 seconds on the clock.

Stalberg opened the scoring 3:06 into the contest, notching his first career goal on a wrister from the right circle.

"[Miller] deserves a lot of the credit, he really held us in there the first 20 [minutes]," Grier said. "I think once guys got in [the locker room] and settled down we got after it more."

Game Notes

Buffalo has won all three meetings with Toronto this season and eight in a row since New Year's Day...The Sabres welcomed back forward Paul Gaustad, who missed the last 10 games with a leg injury.

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