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Leafs rally to edge Sabres

Mar 13, 2011 - 7:24 AM
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski scored third- period goals, as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied past the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, at Air Canada Centre.

Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur also lit the lamp for the Maple Leafs, who snapped a three-game skid. James Reimer made 39 saves.

"We've been through a lot all season and you have your ups and downs but you can't give up," Toronto head coach Ron Wilson said. "I'm very proud of the team not to cave in."

Mike Weber, Jochen Hecht and Jordan Leopold scored for the Sabres, who went 4-2-1 on a seven-game road trip. Ryan Miller turned aside 25-of-29 shots.

Down by a goal, 3-2, the Maple Leafs tied the game 4:03 into the third when Grabovski's one-timer from the top of the right circle got past Miller.

Kessel put Toronto ahead 4-3 at the 6:35 mark. The American-born winger led a charge up the right side of the ice and beat Miller with a wrister from the circle.

"They got lucky," Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said. "(The) puck went off the skate."

The Sabres drew first blood at the 2:55 mark of the first period. Weber's wrister from the point beat traffic in front and got past Reimer.

MacArthur tied the game for Toronto with 8:37 remaining. Grabovski fed a pass to MacArthur, whose slapper from the top of the left circle beat Miller.

The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 lead on Bozak's goal at the 10:10 mark of the middle stanza, but Hecht put home a rebound less than a minute later to make it a 2-2 contest.

Leopold's slapper from the point gave Buffalo a 3-2 edge with 4:29 to go in the second frame.

Game Notes

The Sabres lead the season series with the Maple Leafs, 3-2. Buffalo had won nine of its previous 10 trips to Toronto...The Sabres were without forwards Patrick Kaleta (knee) and Drew Stafford (hamstring)...Buffalo went 1-for-1 on the power play, while Toronto went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.