NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Buffalo
(Saturday, November 4th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Buffalo 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Mats Sundin scored twice and added an assist as Toronto handed Buffalo its first regulation loss of the season, a 4-1 setback at HSBC Arena.
Buffalo's only other setback in 13 games this season was a shootout loss to Atlanta on October 28.
Darcy Tucker and Jeff O'Neill also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won four of their last five games. Andrew Raycroft made 29 saves in the victory.
"You're looking for confidence in this league," Toronto head coach Paul Maurice said. "You have three or four teams that run away at the start, then you're looking for confidence because it's dog fight."
Jochen Hecht scored the Sabres lone tally while Ryan Miller made 29 saves in Buffalo's second straight home loss. The Sabres also lost forward Maxim Afinogenov, who left the game with an injury.
Thursday, Buffalo erased a three-goal deficit against Boston and won in a shootout, but could not muster another comeback for a second straight game.
"You play with fire, you're going to get burned," Miller said. "For a while, we probably were letting a few too many goals, the last three games."
Tied at 1-1, Toronto went on the power play in the second and Sundin found Tucker all along to the right of the net for an easy tally at 9:20 of the frame. It was Tucker's 10th goal of the season.
"I hope (this win) gives us an opportunity to be a better hockey club," said Tucker. "There's always turning points in a season, things that make you think confident. Hopefully this is one of them. I guess that will remain to be seen."
Toronto then exploded for a pair of goals in a 45-second span to open up a 4-1 lead.
First, Matt Stajan controlled behind the net before sending a pass to O'Neill, who rocketed a shot from inside the right circle past Miller's stick side at 11:59 of the second for his fifth tally of the season.
Feeling the momentum, Sundin carried the puck up the right side before gliding the disc to Ian White. White moved towards the net and then found Sundin wide open to the left of the goal and Sundin quickly chipped the disc into the cage for the three-goal lead.
"We couldn't get out of our zone very well (in the second period)," Miller said. "We didn't adjust quick enough."
The Sabres had five power-play opportunities in the third frame, but failed to light the lamp.
Hecht's goal -- his third of the season -- at 7:07 of the first gave Buffalo an early one-goal lead but Toronto netted the equalizer with 2:48 left in the first on Sundin's first goal of the game.
Toronto finished 1-for-6 on the power play...Buffalo's Jason Pominville had his goal-scoring streak snapped at six games...Sundin, who has eight goals so far this year, has three goals and five assists in his last four games. Tomas Kaberle, who posted an assist in the game, has five goals and five helpers in his last five games for Toronto.
11/04 23:04:43 ET