NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 24th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (48-19-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (35-29-10), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs play the
second portion of a home-and-home set this evening when the clubs get together
at Air Canada Centre.
Toronto led by three goals in the third frame in yesterday's game in Buffalo,
but the Sabres rallied for four goals to post a 5-4 victory, giving them an
NHL best 103 points on the season.
Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist in the win, while Jason Pominville
added a goal and two assists. Daniel Briere and Drew Stafford scored in
Buffalo's fourth win in its last five games. Ryan Miller made 40 saves to earn
Vanek (three goals, six assists), Stafford (six goals, one assists) and Derek
Roy (three goals, four assists) are all riding five-game point streaks.
Vanek's goal 5:27 into the third started the comeback, and Briere made it a
one-goal deficit with 10:42 to play before Pominville's tally high glove side
with 6:08 on the clock evened the game. Stafford completed the comeback 20
The victory moved the Sabres' edge over Ottawa to seven points for the top
spot in the Northeast Division. Buffalo brings a 23-9-4 road mark into
tonight's game and returns home to play New Jersey on Wednesday.
Tonight's game is the eighth and final meeting between Buffalo and Toronto
this season. The Sabres have won three straight -- two in Toronto -- and the
club has in fact won four in a row as the visitor in the series. Buffalo leads
the season series, 5-2.
Boyd Devereaux scored twice against Buffalo for the Maple Leafs, who have
dropped three of four. Matt Stajan posted a goal and a helper, and Bryan
McCabe notched his 12th goal of the season. Andrew Raycroft stopped 29 shots
in the loss.
Tomas Kaberle had an assist in his first game back since suffering a
concussion on March 2.
Toronto sits 11th overall in the Eastern Conference, two points out of a
playoff spot. The club has won four straight at home and is 16-15-5 at Air
Canada Centre this season. The Leafs next host Carolina on Tuesday.
03/24 10:58:46 ET