NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Buffalo
(Monday, March 15th)
Final Score: Toronto 6, Buffalo 5 (OT)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Tomas Kaberle scored the game-winning goal 3:45 into overtime, capping a come-from-behind 6-5 win for the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.
Owen Nolan and Mats Sundin added two goals apiece for the Leafs, who moved into a tie for fourth place with idle Ottawa in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Brian Leetch and Alexander Mogilny each had three assists for Toronto, which ended a two- game losing streak by rallying from a 5-2 third-period deficit.
Trevor Kidd made 23 saves for Toronto, coming up with a lunging stop in overtime to give the Leafs the chance at the win.
With the game tied at 5-5, Mogilny skated into the offensive zone. He hit the breaks at the top of the right circle and hit the stick of Kaberle in stride at the top of the crease. Kaberle only had to tip the puck past Buffalo netminder Martin Biron for the win.
Mogilny, who also set up the game-tying goal with only 38 seconds left, recorded his 1,000th and 1,001st career points. Mogilny slapped a shot from the top of the right circle that was re-directed home by Gary Roberts for the tying goal. Mogilny was originally credited with the goal, but it was later changed. "It means a lot," Mogilny said of reaching 1,000 career points. "It definitely feels good right now."
Biron finished with 28 saves for Buffalo, which failed to draw closer to the idle New York Islanders for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. New York continues to lead Buffalo by five points.
Jochen Hecht had two goals and two assists and Miroslav Satan added a goal and three assists for the Sabres, who have dropped three straight -- all in overtime.
With the game tied at 2-2 the Sabres built a three-goal lead. First, Hecht tallied his second power-play goal of the game, redirecting home a shot from Satan 12:04 into the period.
Satan scored 4:51 later to make it 4-2, taking the puck into the zone down the right-side boards. He skated toward net, faked Kidd to the center of the net, and as he skated behind the net, tucked home the puck behind Kidd.
J.P. Dumont, who also had two assists, rounded out the period's scoring with just eight ticks left until the second intermission, as he redirected a shot from the left point by Satan. It was the Sabres' fourth power-play goal of the game.
In the third, Nolan was credited with a goal when his cross was inadvertently knocked past Biron by Buffalo's Henrik Tallinder 4:30 minute in to the period.
Leetch and Bryan McCabe were given assists. McCabe also assisted on the game- tying goal.
Nolan then benefited from another fortunate bounce when he tossed the puck towards Biron from the right corner. The puck bounced off of Biron and went in with 5:02 left.
"We just kept pressing," Nolan said. "When you get the puck to the net good things happen."
Biron faced 13 shots in the third period and 29 over the final two periods and overtime. Kidd faced just to six in the third and three in OT.
Each team scored a pair of first-period goals, with Buffalo jumping out to a 2-0 lead before Toronto sent it into the second period tied at 2-2.
Buffalo's first goal came when Dmitri Kalinin sent the puck into the zone around the boards from center ice on the power play. As Kidd went back to play the puck, it hit his stick and kicked back in front of the net, where Hecht only had to tap it home. The goal came 9:39 into the game.
The Sabres' next goal also came with the man advantage. This time Daniel Briere tapped home a Dumont pass with 7:18 remaining.
Toronto answered 3 1/2 minutes later on the power play. Leetch brought the puck into the zone down the left wing and dropped the puck for Roberts. Roberts then sent a pass to the front of the net for Sundin, who beat Biron with 3:45 remaining.
The final goal came at even strength and was credited to Sundin, who was sending a pass through the crease when it hit the skate of a Buffalo's Kalinin and went past Biron with only 29 seconds left.
"We're playing good, we just can't finish," Hecht said. "We can't afford to lose the points. We should be able to hang onto those points."
Buffalo finished 4-for-8 on the power play, failing to convert on its final chance in OT.
Toronto ended 2-for-4 with the man advantage.
Buffalo's third-leading scorer Chris Drury left the game in the first period after suffering a mild concussion...Hecht has four goals and four assists in his last four games...Briere has a six-game point-scoring streak (4g, 4a)...Sundin has 6 goals and two assists in his last seven games...Satan has had three assists in a game only twice before...Hecht's four-point game ties a career high...Buffalo's four power play goals ties a team record. They last had four power play goals on October 7, 2000 versus LA.
03/15 23:22:34 ET