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Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Joffrey Lupul was credited with the game- winner after all three Toronto shooters scored in the shootout to lift the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

James van Riemsdyk opened the shootout with a wrister past Ryan Miller, but Matt Moulson answered at the other end to even the score.

Lupul then lifted a shot high over Miller's glove from between the circles and after Buffalo's Cody Hodgson came up empty, Tyler Bozak lit the lamp to send the Leafs to their third straight win.

"If we can continue to find a way to get points, that's what our job is and get ourselves back and climb into a playoff position," Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle said.

Nikolai Kulemin, Morgan Rielly and Phil Kessel each scored once in regulation for the Leafs, who saw James Reimer record 27 saves in the victory.

Hodgson, Moulson and Matt Ellis scored a goal apiece for Buffalo, which has lost two straight and five of its last seven games.

Miller made 36 saves in defeat.

Toronto lead 3-2 after Kulemin and Rielly lit the lamp 3:59 apart near the midpoint of the second period, but Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf took a hooking penalty in the closing seconds of the frame that helped Buffalo find the equalizer early in the third.

Hodgson, who drew the penalty on Phaneuf, picked up a rebound on the low right side and somehow snuck a backhander between the post and Reimer to make it 3-3 just 43 seconds into the third.

Toronto outshot the Sabres 5-1 in overtime thanks in large part to a holding minor against Buffalo's Brayden McNabb at 2:33, but the Leafs were unable to get the puck past Miller, forcing the contest into a shootout.

"Third game in four nights, on the road, being down a goal going into the third period," Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. "I thought our third period was our best period."

Kessel opened the scoring 9:21 into the first when he picked up a steal deep in the Buffalo end and slipped a snap shot under Miller from the slot, but Ellis provided the equalizer 3:21 into the second when he one-timed a cross- ice feed from Tyler Myers past Reimer's short-side from the low left circle.

The Sabres had a prime opportunity to grab the lead when Zemgus Girgensons was awarded a penalty shot at 5:48, but Reimer made a left pad save to deny Girgensons' backhand attempt and keep the game tied.

However, Buffalo broke the deadlock just 46 seconds later when Moulson came up with a steal at the red line and skated down the left side before rifling a wrister over Reimer's blocker for a 2-1 edge.

The lead didn't last long though, as Peter Holland forced a turnover deep in the Buffalo zone and fed the disc to Kulemin, who weaved into the slot before sneaking a shot through a screen and past Miller to make it 2-2 at 7:23.

Rielly put Toronto back on top at 11:22 when he buried a one-timer from the low right circle to make it 3-2.

Game Notes

Kessel now has eight points during his current four-game point streak ... Buffalo dropped to 4-14-3 on the road this season ... The Sabres finished 1- for-2 on the power play ... Myers made his return from a three-game suspension.

01/16 00:28:29 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
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x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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z= clinched overall points title
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