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Andrew Raycroft, Mats Sundin help Maple Leafs beat Sabres 3-0

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Andrew Raycroft made 30 saves for his sixth career shutout, and Mats Sundin had a goal and an assist in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Bryan McCabe and Boyd Devereaux also scored to help the Maple Leafs, last in the NHL in goals against entering the game, win for the second time in the last three games.

The Sabres, the highest scoring team last season, were shutout for the third time this season, and second in the last three games.

Raycroft made his first start after two relief appearances. His last start was Oct. 20, when he surrendered five goals in a loss to Chicago.

Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller finished with 20 saves.

Raycroft made 15 saves in a scoreless first period, including a diving stop to his right on Nathan Paetsch's rebound attempt with 55 seconds remaining.

Miller returned the favour in the second period, when he made a clutch save on Toronto defenceman Pavel Kubina's breakaway with 8???? minutes left.

The Maple Leafs finally broke through and scored the first goal of the game with just 36 seconds left in the second period. With a faceoff to the right of Miller, Sundin cleanly beat Buffalo's Clarke MacArthur, drawing the puck back to McCabe 10 feet inside the blue-line in the middle of the ice. McCabe's slap shot went off Buffalo forward Paul Gaustad and knuckled past Miller.

McCabe was playing in his first game after missing the last six because of a groin strain.

Sundin made it 2-0 with his ninth of the year three minutes into the third period. Off the rush Toronto generated a 4-on-3, with Sundin streaking down the right side. Tomas Kaberle fed Sundin, who was cutting into the middle of the ice. He took the pass in the slot and sent a wrist shot past Miller.

Devereaux capped the scoring with his second goal with just 59 seconds remaining in the third.

The Maple Leafs' lineup was bolstered by the return of not only McCabe, but also forward Darcy Tucker. Tucker missed seven games because of a knee injury.

Notes: McCabe earned his 400th career NHL point on his goal. ... Sabres D Jaroslav Spacek returned after missing eight of the last nine games because of a shoulder injury. ... These two teams don't meet again until Jan. 19, in Toronto. ... Buffalo forwards Tim Connolly (abdomen) and Adam Mair (ankle) both missed their second games. Connolly was tied for the team lead in points heading into the game. ... The last Toronto shutout in Buffalo was by Ed Belfour on April 2, 2004. ... Sundin moved within one goal of tying Frank Mahovlich for 27th on the all-time goals list, and one point of tying Jean Ratelle for 32nd place on the all-time points list. He now has 532 career goals and 1,266 points.

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