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TORONTO (AP) -Ryan Miller made 32 saves to help Buffalo keep its slim playoff hopes alive, and Toronto's Curtis Joseph tied the NHL record for losses in the Sabres' 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Joseph was tagged with the 452nd loss of his career, tying him with the late Gump Worsley for most in NHL history. With Martin Gerber expected to get the start in the season finale at home Saturday against Ottawa, the 41-year-old Joseph - fourth on the career victory list with 454 - probably started his last game for the Maple Leafs.

Thomas Vanek broke a 1-1 tie at 8:09 of the third period, and Paul Gaustad scored 26 seconds later. Vanek deked Joseph one way and pulled the puck the other way to slip it into an open side of net, and Gaustad shoved a rebound behind the fallen Joseph.

Jeff Finger opened the scoring in the first period, and Jason Pominville countered for the Sabres in the second.

Buffalo is four points behind the New York Rangers for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot, and two points behind ninth-place Buffalo. All three teams have two games remaining.

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