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Leafs lose game of catch up with Sabres

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres managed to do against the Toronto Maple Leafs what they couldn't do against lesser opponents: end a losing streak.

J.P. Dumont had a goal and two assists, and Martin Biron made 25 saves as Buffalo snapped a four-game losing skid with a 4-2 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night.

Three of Buffalo's losses in its streak came against lowly Atlanta Florida and Nashville.

"It doesn't matter how you get your points, you have to get them," Biron said. "That's how you have to look at it, not hang your head and say we lost to Nashville and Atlanta and Florida. That's brutal."

The last-place Sabres had lost nine of 12 before facing the Northeast Division-leading Leafs, who were on an eight-game point streak.

Miroslav Satan, Curtis Brown and Jason Woolley also scored for Buffalo, which hasn't lost five straight since October 1993.

"A lot of our guys are from Toronto, so we always want to do well against them," Woolley said. "I tell you what, it's miserable when you're losing. It's nice to stop the bleeding."

Mikael Renberg and Robert Reichel scored for Toronto, which lost in regulation for the first time since Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh. Corey Schwab stopped 21 shots for the Maple Leafs.

"They didn't give us too many offensive chances," Toronto wing Shayne Corson said. "We weren't really fighting to get our offensive chances either."

Dumont tipped in Stu Barnes' pass 4:32 into the third period for his eighth goal, putting Buffalo up 4-2. That came after Renberg scored his fifth goal to bring Toronto within one.

Satan grabbed a rebound and flipped a shot past a sprawling Schwab for his ninth goal, giving Buffalo a 3-1 lead with 4:12 left in the second period.

Just 70 seconds earlier, Reichel cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1 when he beat Biron for his fifth goal. Woolley, on a crossing pass from Dumont, gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead 13:05 into the game. Brown backhanded his fifth goal past Schwab's midway through the second period to make it 2-0.

The Sabres went 0-for-5 on the power play and are on a 1-for-26 skid with the man-advantage. Buffalo failed to score during a two-minute, two-man advantage in the second period.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said his team played took chances and skated well, but he isn't convinced after one game that Buffalo has snapped out of its slump.

"I thought we responded real tough," Ruff said. "We made some foolish decisions but the lines that made them went back out and got it back for us. I thought we showed a little bit of will on a couple of plays and a couple of the goals."

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