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Leafs Look For Success In Buffalo

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

GAME: Toronto Maple Leafs (4-2-2-1) at Buffalo Sabres (5-5-0-0).

TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m. EST.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without one of their leading goal scorers when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at the HSBC Arena.

Nik Antropov, tied with Joe Nieuwendyk with a team-high three goals, separated his shoulder in the team's 3-2 overtime home loss to Atlanta on Monday. The 23-year-old left wing isn't sure how it happened, but claimed it was on a hit from behind. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

Though the Maple Leafs earned a point Monday, they were dejected after blowing a 2-0 lead. Toronto had won its previous three games.

Tom Fitzgerald had his best game of the season with a goal and an assist but all he could talk about was "two points out the door."

Nieuwendyk added an assist, extending his point streak to five games.

"There's no excuses," Fitzgerald said. "That's a game we just threw away.

"But we want to be a positive group in here. We want to be able to look back and not say that's a game that hurt us but a game that helped us down the road."

The Sabres also had their three-game win streak snapped, losing 3-1 at home to Minnesota on Tuesday.

Dmitri Kalinin scored for Buffalo, but Chris Drury's seven-game point streak came to an end.

Buffalo was playing its first game at home following a 4-2-0 road trip.

"I don't really like excuses," Drury said. "I don't care where we were or how long (the trip) was, we should have been better prepared. We are professionals, we have to be ready."

More Head-To-Head Statistics
TEAMHome Win %Road Win %WLTOTLPointsHOMEROAD
Buffalo.333.5715500101-2-0-04-3-0-0
Toronto.5.74221111-1-1-13-1-1-0
Meetings This Year
DateLocationScore
30-OCT-03Toronto at Buffalo07:00 PM EST
03-JAN-04Buffalo at Toronto07:00 PM EST
06-MAR-04Buffalo at Toronto07:00 PM EST
14-FEB-04Buffalo at Toronto07:00 PM EST
15-MAR-04Toronto at Buffalo07:00 PM EST
02-APR-04Toronto at Buffalo08:00 PM EST
Top Scorers
Buffalo
PlayerGAPts+/-PIM
CHRIS DRURY279310
JEAN-PIERRE DUMONT257-16
DANIEL BRIERE167-314
Toronto
PlayerGAPts+/-PIM
JOE NIEUWENDYK325-14
MATS SUNDIN145-38
THOMAS FITZGERALD13446

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