NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Toronto |
(Saturday, February 14th)
Final Score: Buffalo 6, Toronto 4
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - J.P. Dumont scored a goal and added three
assists, and Buffalo goalie Mika Noronen picked up a fluke goal late in the
game, as the Sabres rallied to beat Toronto, 6-4, at the Air Canada Centre.
Chris Drury, Maxim Afinogenov, Ales Kotalik and Curtis Brown added goals for
the Sabres, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit for the win one night after
rallying to beat the Los Angeles Kings 8-3 on Friday.
Noronen, who replaced Martin Biron in the second period, posted his first NHL
goal when Toronto center Robert Reichel scored on his own net on an errant
centering pass from behind the Buffalo net late in the third period.
Noronen was the last player to touch the puck, becoming just the seventh
goalie in NHL history -- and first Sabres netminder -- to be credited with a
"This is the first one, and hopefully not the last one," Noronen said
Matt Stajan, Tom Fitzgerald, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Reichel scored the
Toronto goals. Trevor Kidd allowed five goals on 31 shots for the Maple Leafs,
who had a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) snapped.
Biron was pulled after Toronto's third goal in the second period, and Drury
and Dumont tallied power play goals just 1:12 apart near the end of the stanza
to pull Buffalo within a goal.
Afinogenov tied the contest with his 13th at 3:45 of the third period, and
Kotalik used a second effort for the game-winner midway through the stanza,
finishing off a tic-tac-toe play.
Brown made it 5-3 with 7:06 remaining in the game, scoring from the slot for
his ninth. He also added an assist in the win.
Reichel stopped the bleeding momentarily with a power-play goal at 17:41, but
erased that tally 1:36 later with his errant pass.
Buffalo has now won three straight overall and four of its last five on the
"We believe we can beat anybody right now," Buffalo center Daniel Briere said.
"The guys have made a commitment to start playing together and it's an amazing
After a scoreless first period, Tie Domi set up Toronto's first goal when he
muscled a Sabres defender off the puck behind Buffalo's net and sent a pass to
Stajan in the left circle. Stajan scored on a one-timer at 4:23 for his ninth
of the season.
Fitzgerald made it 2-0 at 11:37 when he deflected an Aki Berg shot in front
for his sixth, and Ponikarovsky scored on a rebound just 1:15 later for a
three-goal Toronto lead.
Buffalo, 4-1-1 in the last six meetings with Toronto, snapped a 12-game
winless streak (0-9-3) in Toronto...Toronto starting goalie Ed Belfour missed
the game with a lower back injury...Buffalo was 2-of-6 on the power play,
while Toronto scored once on three opportunities with the man advantage.
02/15 00:12:10 ET