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Leafs Outlast Sabres 4-3 after Shootout



The Sabres battled back to get overtime and a shootout on Friday, but the Leafs prevailed at Air Canada Centre 4-3. Joffrey Lupul scored the only goal in the shootout, giving Toronto the win.

Buffalo jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Matt Moulson and John Scott just 52 seconds apart. Moulson was the beneficiary of a great effort by Zemgus Girgensons who swept a shot toward the net after powering his way around Peter Holland. Bernier stopped Girgenson's chance, but Moulson was there to chip home the rebound, putting Buffalo ahead 1-0. Scott made it a two-goal game moments later, swatting a Matt Ellis rebound past Bernier for his first goal since November 15, 2009.

Toronto cut the lead in half at 11:38 of the second on Jake Gardiner's second goal of the year. The Maple Leafs defenseman took a pass from Phil Kessel and one-timed a rocket from the blue line that wound up in the Buffalo net. Holland tied it up 4:47 later and Kessel put the Leafs ahead in the final minute of the second with a power play goal, all part of a period that saw Toronto outshoot Buffalo 17-5.

It remained 3-2 until the final minute of regulation when Dion Phaneuf was called for hooking. Steve Ott popped his fifth goal of the year into the net on the ensuing power play, tying the game 3-3. The two sides skated to a scoreless overtime period, sending things to a shootout where Lupul was the only skater to find the net.

Miller finished with 39 stops while Bernier chimed in with 32 saves. Buffalo has now earned at least a point in five out of its last six games. The Sabres return home to face the Washington Capitals at 5 p.m. on Sunday on WGR 550 and the Sabres Radio Network.

1st Period
Goals

7:01 - BUF - Matt Moulson (13) (Zemgus Girgensons, Jamie McBain)
7:53 - BUF - John Scott (1) (Matt Ellis)

Penalties
None

2nd Period
Goals

11:38 - TOR - Jake Gardiner (2) (Phil Kessel, Cody Franson)
16:25 - TOR - Peter Holland (6) (Mason Raymond, Cody Franson)
19:43 - TOR - Phil Kessel (18) (PPG) (James van Riemsdyk, Dion Phaneuf)

Penalties
1:09 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (2 min., interference)
19:16 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., high-sticking)

3rd Period
Goals

19:35 - BUF - Steve Ott (5) (PPG) (Matt Moulson, Tyler Myers)

Penalties
2:19 - BUF - Linus Omark (2 min., hooking)
19:09 - TOR - Dion Phaneuf (2 min., hooking)

Overtime
Goals

None

Penalties
None

Shootout
TOR - Phil Kessel - MISS
BUF - Matt Moulson - MISS
TOR - Joffrey Lupul - GOAL
BUF - Tyler Ennis - MISS
TOR - James van Riemsdyk - MISS
BUF - Zemgus Girgensons - MISS

Goaltending
BUF - Ryan Miller (39 saves, 42 shots)
TOR - Jonathan Bernier (32 saves, 35 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 1 of 1
TOR - 1 of 3


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