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Tuesday, April 1st (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (37-20-12) at Toronto Maple Leafs (36-33-10), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to keep their faint playoff hopes alive tonight, when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre for the final meeting between the clubs this season.

The Sabres are five points out of a postseason berth in the Eastern Conference, as they trail Philadelphia and Boston for the eighth seed. Buffalo has just three games left in the regular season and could eliminate itself from playoff contention with a loss tonight.

The Sabres picked up an important win in their playoff push on Sunday, as they notched a 2-1 overtime win over the visiting Bruins. Andrej Sekera's goal 39 seconds into the extra session helped Buffalo notch the victory at HSBC Arena.

Boston attempted to rush the length of the ice, but a costly turnover in the neutral zone led to the end of the contest. Mike Weber poked the disc ahead to Thomas Vanek, who cruised down the left wing and pulled up in the circle.

He then held the disc before a cross-ice pass to Sekera, who rifled a shot past Alex Auld on the blocker side.

Toni Lydman also scored and Ryan Miller posted 17 saves for Buffalo, which had dropped three of four coming in.

Sunday's game was Buffalo's final regular-season game at home this season, as the Sabres will close their schedule on a three-game road trip. Buffalo is just 17-15-6 as the visiting club this year.

The Maple Leafs have already been knocked out of the playoffs, but were able to post a win against their archrivals on Saturday. Jiri Tlusty had two goals and an assist, and Anton Stralman also scored a pair as Toronto topped the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, at Air Canada Centre.

Nik Antropov added three assists for the Leafs, who snapped a two-game losing skid. Vesa Toskala made 21 saves to earn the win.

The Leafs are playing the middle test of a three-game homestand tonight and will close out their regular season Saturday at Montreal. Toronto is 18-16-5 as the hosts this year.

Buffalo is 4-3 against the Maple Leafs this year, but has taken seven of 11 and nine of the last 14 encounters between the clubs. The Sabres have also posted victories in two straight, six of eight and seven of their previous 10 trips to Toronto.

04/01 10:46:09 ET


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