NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Toronto
(Saturday, January 6th)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, Toronto 3
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik each scored a goal and notched an assist as Buffalo edged Toronto, 4-3, at Air Canada Centre.
Dmitri Kalinin and Daniel Briere also tallied for the Sabres, who snapped a two-game slide and won for the fifth time in their last seven contests.
Martin Biron turned aside 32 shots, including 16 in the first period, and earned his ninth win of the campaign.
Carlo Colaiacovo, Alexander Steen and Pavel Kubina rounded out the scoring for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped six of nine overall. Netminder Andrew Raycroft made 25 saves in defeat.
Buffalo tallied two goals within 39 seconds of each other early in the first period for a 2-0 edge.
"We needed this game to get a little bit of our swagger back," Briere said. "Our first two goals, we got them off bad bounces, and that made sure that we had a little confidence and were able to relax and settle down."
Kalinin's 56-foot slap shot at the 4:18 mark gave the Sabres their first score, and moments later, Drury lifted a wrister past Raycroft following an assist from Kotalik.
Toronto cut its deficit to one on Colaiacovo's wrist shot with 2:11 remaining. Kris Newbury and Matthew Stajan notched assists.
Early in the second, Briere flipped the puck in the net with a backhand shot to give Buffalo a 3-1 lead. Then, at the 12:53 mark, Steen converted on a power-play with a 15-foot wrister to make it a one-goal contest.
The Sabres, though, increased their cushion to 4-2 with 1:43 left in the second. Drury fed the disc to Kotalik, who scored on a 49-foot wrist shot.
Kubina netted a late power-play goal for the Maple Leafs in the third period, a slap shot from 54-feet away, with assists from Johnny Pohl and Ian White.
"I thought we deserved a better result," Kubina said. "We battled hard for 60 minutes. We should've won."
Toronto finished 2-for-8 on the power play while Buffalo failed to convert on five opportunities...The Sabres won 58 percent of the face-offs...Buffalo has won seven of nine and eight of the last 11 in the series...Attendance was 19,487.
01/07 01:37:25 ET