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Sabres hope to build playoff momentum against rival Maple Leafs

Mar 23, 2007 - 2:52 PM Toronto (35-28-10) at Buffalo (47-19-7) 8:00 pm EDT

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Now that the Buffalo Sabres snapped their home losing streak in convincing fashion, they look to build momentum for the playoffs.

The Sabres hope to continue their postseason push Friday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opener of a home-and-home series.

The Sabres have 101 points and lead Ottawa (44-23-8) by five points in the Northeast Division. Buffalo is seven points ahead of New Jersey (43-22-8) in the Eastern Conference and is tied with Nashville (47-21-7) for the overall points lead.

Buffalo snapped a three-game home skid with a 5-2 thumping of Washington on Wednesday.

Rookie Drew Stafford tallied twice while Daniel Briere also scored his 30th goal, joining Thomas Vanek (35), Chris Drury (35) and Jason Pominville (31) in the 30-goal club. Buffalo is the NHL's only team with four 30-goal scorers.

The Maple Leafs are 11th in the East and trail defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina (37-29-8) by two points for the final playoff spot in the East.

Toronto defeated New Jersey, 2-1, on Tuesday for its third win in five contests.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 1 1 2 4
    BUFFALO 1 0 4 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) THOMAS VANEK 36 (DMITRI KALININ, JASON
    POMINVILLE) 5:17
    TOR - (PP) BRYAN MCCABE 12 (TOMAS KABERLE, MATS SUNDIN)
    18:55
    2ND PRD: TOR - MATT STAJAN 10 (ALEX STEEN, CARLO COLAIACOVO) 4:11
    3RD PRD: TOR - BOYD

    Mar 23 10:37 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 4
    BUFFALO 5
    3RD PRD: BUF - DREW STAFFORD 12 (THOMAS VANEK, DEREK ROY) 14:12

    Maple Leafs vs. SabresMar 23 10:27 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 4
    BUFFALO 4
    3RD PRD: BUF - JASON POMINVILLE 32 (DANIEL BRIERE, JOCHEN HECHT) 13:52

    Maple Leafs vs. SabresMar 23 10:27 PM
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    TORONTO 4
    BUFFALO 3
    3RD PRD: BUF - DANIEL BRIERE 31 (BRIAN CAMPBELL, CHRIS DRURY) 9:18

    Maple Leafs vs. SabresMar 23 10:17 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 4
    BUFFALO 2
    3RD PRD: BUF - (PP) THOMAS VANEK 37 (DEREK ROY, JASON POMINVILLE) 5:27

    Maple Leafs vs. SabresMar 23 10:09 PM


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    TORONTO 4
    BUFFALO 1
    3RD PRD: TOR - BOYD DEVEREAUX 6 (UNASSISTED) 3:52

    Maple Leafs vs. SabresMar 23 10:06 PM


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    TORONTO 3
    BUFFALO 1
    3RD PRD: TOR - BOYD DEVEREAUX 5 (MATT STAJAN) 0:59

    Maple Leafs vs. SabresMar 23 10:01 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 1 1 2
    BUFFALO 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) THOMAS VANEK 36 (DMITRI KALININ, JASON
    POMINVILLE) 5:17
    TOR - (PP) BRYAN MCCABE 12 (TOMAS KABERLE, MATS SUNDIN)
    18:55
    2ND PRD: TOR - MATT STAJAN 10 (ALEX STEEN, CARLO COLAIACOVO) 4:11
    SHOTS O

    Mar 23 9:41 PM


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    TORONTO 2
    BUFFALO 1
    2ND PRD: TOR - MATT STAJAN 10 (ALEX STEEN, CARLO COLAIACOVO) 4:11

    Maple Leafs vs. SabresMar 23 9:10 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 1 1
    BUFFALO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) THOMAS VANEK 36 (DMITRI KALININ, JASON
    POMINVILLE) 5:17
    TOR - (PP) BRYAN MCCABE 12 (TOMAS KABERLE, MATS SUNDIN)
    18:55
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TOR 21

    Mar 23 8:45 PM


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    TORONTO 1
    BUFFALO 1
    1ST PRD: TOR - (PP) BRYAN MCCABE 12 (TOMAS KABERLE, MATS SUNDIN) 18:55
    (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Maple Leafs vs. SabresMar 23 8:44 PM


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    TORONTO 0
    BUFFALO 1
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) THOMAS VANEK 36 (DMITRI KALININ, JASON POMINVILLE)
    5:17

    Maple Leafs vs. SabresMar 23 8:19 PM