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Sabres 6, Maple Leafs 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:39 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 6, Maple Leafs 1
Buffalo Sabres 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO (AP) -The Buffalo Sabres routed the Toronto Maple Leafs despite being depleted by injuries and losing a locker room stalwart in a trade.

Jochen Hecht scored twice and had an assist to lead Buffalo to a 6-1 rout of the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, hours after the Sabres made four trades to bolder their injury-plagued lineup.

Jason Pominville, Drew Stafford, Derek Roy and Clarke MacArthur scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Sabres.

Forward Dainius Zubrus highlighted the acquisitions, but didn't make it for the game. Buffalo's Chris Drury missed his second straight game with a concussion.

The Sabres played four rookies with fewer than 10 games of NHL experience.

"It's unbelievable. Who would have thought that with that many guys out right now that we got that many goals," Hecht said. "We got great depth in our system and we see it now."

Hecht and others said they'll miss backup goalie Martin Biron, who was traded Philadelphia for a second-round draft pick.

"We're sad to see Marty go today but everyone expected it," Hecht said. "The trades didn't give us a lift today, but once Dainius gets here we'll be a better team."

Starting goalie Ryan Miller also paid tribute to Biron.

"It makes sense that the locker room wouldn't be disrupted with Marty leaving because it's how he kept it. He brought the locker room together," Miller said. "We all learned a lot from Marty and how to handle yourself. He was always positive. We're kind of talking about the guy like he's died."

Alex Ponikarvosky scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four of five. Toronto - 10th in the East - made one trade - acquiring veteran forward Yanic Perreault.

Fans booed the Maple Leafs at the end of the second quarter and at the final horn.

Toronto lost despite outshooting Buffalo.

"We got out butts kicked tonight," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said. "We got beat 6-1. That's why we got booed tonight."

Backup Jean-Sebastien Aubin replaced starter Andrew Raycroft in goal after Raycroft allowed four goals on just 11 shots.

Raycroft was unable to make a glove save on Hecht's weak wrist shot, giving Buffalo a 4-1 lead a 18:28 of the second. Raycroft has struggled to make glove saves and the latest goal ended any chance of a Toronto comeback.

Pominville put a rebound past Raycroft to give Buffalo a 1-0 at 14:02 of the first.

Stafford skated from behind the net and put a wraparound past Raycroft at 4:55 of the second. Roy made it 3-0 with quick shot at 11:59 of second.

Ponikarovsky's one-timer cut it to 3-1 at 15:48 of the second, but Hecht regained the three-goal lead less than three minutes later.

Hecht's skated in alone from the faceoff circle before making 5-1 at 5:21 of the third.

Notes: Buffalo acquired a less expensive backup goalie in Ty Conklin from Columbus. Conklin made it to Toronto for the game. ... Zubrus has 20 goals and 52 points for Washington.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:02
BUF
Jason Pominville (26) Wrist shot - ASST: Clarke MacArthur (2), Derek Roy (32)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
04:55
BUF
Drew Stafford (4) Tip-in - ASST: Thomas Vanek (29), Jochen Hecht (24)
2 - 0 BUF
11:59
BUF
Derek Roy (12) Slapshot - ASST: Dmitri Kalinin (16), Thomas Vanek (30)
3 - 0 BUF
15:48
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (17) Wrist shot - ASST: John Pohl (12), Ian White (19)
3 - 1 BUF
18:28
BUF
Jochen Hecht (15) Tip-in - ASST: Toni Lydman (15), Clarke MacArthur (3)
4 - 1 BUF
3rd Period
05:21
BUF
PPG - Jochen Hecht (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Nathan Paetsch (17)
5 - 1 BUF
13:49
BUF
Clarke MacArthur (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Adam Mair (4), Patrick Kaleta (2)
6 - 1 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
01:34
BUF
Brian Campbell  Hooking against  Bates Battaglia
03:35
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Tripping against  Carlo Colaiacovo
06:26
BUF
Andrew Peters  Roughing against  Hal Gill
06:26
TOR
Hal Gill  Roughing against  Andrew Peters
07:42
TOR
Carlo Colaiacovo  Holding against  Thomas Vanek
09:35
BUF
Drew Stafford  Interference against  Ian White
16:02
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hooking against  Drew Stafford
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:34
TOR
Ian White  Tripping against  Thomas Vanek
14:32
BUF
Toni Lydman  Elbowing against  Nik Antropov
16:45
TOR
Jeff O'Neill  Elbowing against  Adam Mair
17:03
TOR
Travis Green  Tripping against  Clarke MacArthur
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
SA: 28TOI: 59:58
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .964SH: 0 - 0
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 11TOI: 40:00
Saves: 7EV: 5 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .636SH: 0 - 0
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SA: 17TOI: 20:00
Saves: 15EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0