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Leafs, Sabres meet for first time this season

Friday, 12.16.2011 / 2:12 AM / Schedule

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Leafs, Sabres meet for first time this season
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres both play in the Northeast Division and are only about an hour's drive apart. But two of the NHL's nearest neighbors haven't faced each other through the first 10 weeks of the NHL season.

That changes Friday night, when the Leafs come to Buffalo for the first of six meetings this season and one of five games on the NHL schedule.

The Leafs have been off since ex-Sabre Tim Connolly's OT goal gave them a 2-1 home win against Carolina on Tuesday. Buffalo, which has struggled at the First Niagara Center, is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Ottawa on the same night.

Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen in Canada on TSN.

Two other games also start at 7:30, and both involve Canadian teams. Ottawa, a 5-2 loser to Boston at home on Wednesday, stays home to host Pittsburgh in a game that can be seen in Canada on RDS. Calgary tries to bounce back after Thursday's 5-4 OT loss at Tampa Bay when it visits Florida. The Panthers are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey on Tuesday.

The Devils are back home for an 8 p.m. ET start against Dallas -- the starting time was moved back to allow the Devils to retire the No. 27 of longtime defensive star Scott Niedermayer. The Stars are going for a three-game sweep of the New York metropolitan area teams after beating the Islanders 3-2 on Thursday.

In the final game of the evening, Chicago will go for its fourth win in a row when it hosts Anaheim at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Hawks are back home after a 4-3 shootout win in Minnesota on Wednesday, while the Ducks start a road trip after beating Phoenix 4-1 at home, also on Wednesday.
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I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.

— Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr on scoring the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list after a 4-3 win vs. the Lightning on Sunday