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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
By +Scott Leffler

BUFFALO — The Buffalo Sabres scored a pair of goals in the third period tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs to win 4-3 at First Niagara Center.

The win pulls Buffalo within two points of Arizona for the 29th spot in the league. Each team has five games remaining. Many Sabres fans are pulling for the Sabres to maintain the last-place spot, ensuring the Blue & Gold either the first or second pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, which would give them either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.

Buffalo scored first tonight with a Zac Dalpe backhand shot, assisted by Matt Ellis and Andrej Meszaros at 6:48 of the first period. Toronto tied the game at 16:41 with a slapshot by Eric Brewer, assisted by Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak.

In the second period, the Leafs went up 3-1 with goals by James van Riemsdyk just 47 seconds in and Nazem Kadri at 13:24. Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak assisted on the van Riemsdyk goal, while Richard Panik fed Kadri's goal. Cody Hodgson made it 3-2 just 30 seconds later on a backhand shot, assisted by Andre Benoit and Philip Varone.

In the third period, Matt Moulson tied the game at 3 with a slapshot, assisted by Johan Larsson and Brian Gionta. Matt Ellis put the Sabres up for good at 3:14, assisted by Nakita Zadorov and Brian Gionta.

The Sabres next play Friday when the Chicago Blackhawks visit Buffalo. Remaining games include the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins.


  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 15-1-1 in their last 17 home games against the Maple Leafs. The Leafs haven't won in Buffalo since Jan. 29, 2013. The home team has now won the last 11 games in this series.
  • Matt Ellis scored his first goal of the season and added an assist, marking his fourth career multi-point game (last: March 31, 2010 vs. FLA).
  • With two assists tonight, Brian Gionta now has 11 points (4+7) in his last nine games. It is his most prolific nine-game stretch since Dec. 2008.
  • Matt Moulson's goal gives him 18 points (11+7) in his last 13 games against Toronto, dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season. He has 24 points (16+8) in 24 career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Zac Dalpe scored his first goal as a member of the Sabres and is now on a career-best three-game point streak (1+2).

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