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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Buffalo



(Friday, November 29th)

Final Score: Buffalo 3, Toronto 2 (OT)

Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Christian Ehrhoff's goal 38 seconds into overtime lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs that halted the team's five-game losing streak.

Luke Adam tallied late in the second period to draw Buffalo even at 2-2, and Ryan Miller kept it tied by coming up with 10 saves in the third before Ehrhoff got a long wrist shot past James Reimer through traffic early in the extra session.

Matt Moulson also scored for the Sabres, with Ville Leino and Tyler Myers each contributing a pair of assists. Miller finished with 22 saves overall.

"I thought tonight we had a pretty solid night and also scored some goals," said Buffalo forward Drew Stafford. "You're not going to win a lot of games 1-0."

Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin had the goals for Toronto, which fell to 0-1-2 over its last three outings, while Reimer turned aside 26 shots in defeat.

The Sabres were staring at a one-goal deficit heading into the second intermission, but Adam gave the struggling club some momentum heading into the break by one-timing a puck sent into the slot by Zemgus Girgensons into an open right side 1:10 prior to the stoppage.

Both goaltenders were sharp in the third period to bring about overtime, with Reimer helping the Maple Leafs kill off a holding call on Paul Ranger with 1:32 remaining in regulation.

Toronto's James van Riemsdyk had a breakaway with Ranger in the box, but the Sabres' Matt D'Agostini was able to prevent a shot with a diving backcheck with under 30 seconds to go.

"Usually when you're in all alone and you get your legs taken out from under you, you expect something, especially when the calls have been what they were," said van Riemsdyk of the play. "We can't use officiating as an excuse. We've got to find ways to be better."

Ranger's penalty carried over into OT and a mere 10 seconds after it expired, Ehrhoff used the Maple Leafs' Carl Gunnarsson as a screen and fired a drive that made its way through with D'Agostini creating a distraction in front.

"It wasn't a big blast," said Ehrhoff. "It just found a little lane there and put it through Gunnarsson's legs and Reimer didn't see it."

Kessel gave the Leafs the early upper hand by skating up the left side and sneaking a shot through Miller's pads just 2:12 in. Buffalo tied it less than six minutes later while on a power play, with Moulson knocking home a centering feed from Leino with Reimer out of position.

Toronto regained the lead with 9:37 left in the second period. Tyler Smith sent a pass from behind the Buffalo net while falling down to Kulemin, who lifted the puck over Miller's shoulder from in close.

Game Notes

Two of the Sabres' six victories have come against Toronto, which dropped a 3-1 decision at First Niagara Center on Nov. 15 ... D'Agostini was skating in his first game with the Sabres after being acquired off waivers from Pittsburgh on Wednesday ... Buffalo improved to 13-1-1 in its last 15 home games against the Leafs ... Kessel's goal was the 199th of his career.

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
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
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
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
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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