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Leafs, Sabres clash

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs aim for their sixth straight home victory on Saturday when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs have outscored their opponents, 20-13, at home since a 3-0 defeat here to the Philadelphia Flyers on January 19. They are 20-7-2-0 at home and had a season-high eight-game home unbeaten streak from October 23-November 24.

Toronto is coming off a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Friday. It was the team's first game since goaltender Curtis Joseph suffered a broken left hand in Tuesday's win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He could be sidelined into the first week of the playoffs.

Corey Schwab got the start in his place Friday and allowed three goals on seven shots in the opening period but rebounded to stop 22 of New Jersey's final 24 shots.

Bryan McCabe will be key for the Leafs in the absence of Dmitry Yushkevich.
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Bryan McCabe and Garry Valk scored goals for Toronto, which is three points in back of the first-place Boston Bruins in the Northeast Division. The Leafs are tied with the Ottawa Senators for third place in the Eastern Conference.

The Sabres snapped a three-game winless skid Friday with a 4-3 victory over Boston as Rhett Warrener scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period.

Buffalo won despite the loss of defenseman Richard Smehlik and Jay McKee to injuries.

Smehlik left Friday's game with a shoulder injury and McKee took a puck in the face early in the third period, forcing the Sabres to rotate four defensemen over the final 13 minutes.

Martin Biron made 29 saves and Curtis Brown scored twice as Buffalo scored four goals for the first time since January 25. The Sabres are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 11th place in the East, five points out of the last playoff berth.

Toronto is 1-0-1 in its last two games against Buffalo.
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