NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Toronto|
(Tuesday, March 29th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Buffalo 3
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Clarke MacArthur registered one goal and two
assists, as the Toronto Maple Leafs kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-3
victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Air Canada Centre.
Mikhail Grabovski scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period for
Toronto, which has won four of its last five games. James Reimer made 28 saves
for the Maple Leafs, who closed to within five points of Buffalo for the
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining. The
Sabres, though, have a game in hand.
"We had all four lines contributing tonight," said MacArthur. "Everyone was
firing on all cylinders tonight and when we play that way we can beat
Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots for the Sabres, who were looking for a season-
high fourth consecutive victory but suffered their third straight loss to
"We got off to a rough start tonight," said Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff. "We
made some mistakes and weren't able to come back. We were pushing to get the
offense going all night."
Buffalo is three points ahead of ninth-place Carolina.
It didn't take Toronto long to open the scoring as Dion Phaneuf's blast from
just inside the blue line beat Miller glove side 1:34 into the contest.
The Maple Leafs doubled their advantage late in the first period when Darryl
Boyce backhanded home a rebound with 1:14 remaining. However, Buffalo halved
its deficit 62 seconds later on a goal by Thomas Vanek.
MacArthur restored Toronto's two-goal lead at 5:06 of the second period before
Jason Pominville and Rob Niedermayer scored twice in a 30-second span to tie
Pominville snapped a shot past Reimer 1:19 after MacArthur had made it a 3-1
The visitors then capitalized on a turnover to draw even. Maple Leafs
defenseman Carl Gunnarsson lost control as he retrieved a puck in his zone and
Niedermayer whipped a backhander behind Reimer at 6:55.
Grabovski, though, tipped in a Phil Kessel pass to put Toronto up 4-3 with
6:25 to play in the middle frame.
Reimer turned aside eight shots over the final 20 minutes.
Pominville reached 20 goals for the fifth straight season..Toronto was 0-for-5
on the power play. Buffalo has now killed off its last 47 penalties against
the Maple Leafs...Vanek has 199 career goals...Toronto forward Nazem Kadri had
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