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Toronto defenceman Ian White lifts Maple Leafs past Buffalo Sabres 2-1

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Ian White broke a tie with 7:56 left in the third period, and Vesa Toskala made 24 saves in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Jeremy Williams also scored to help Toronto improve to 11-12-6 with its second straight victory.

Toni Lydman scored for the Sabres, and Ryan Miller made 31 saves. The loss snapped the Sabres' winning streak at three.

White gave the Maple Leafs their first lead of the game with his fifth of the season, letting go a harmless-looking wrist shot from the left point that wound up bouncing off the ice and over Miller's left shoulder.

Before the winning goal, the Maple Leafs were able to kill off 5:44 of penalty time that started with 10 seconds left in the second period after Lee Stempniak high-sticked Andrej Sekera. Jeff Finger was then whistled for hooking with 16 seconds left in Stempniak's double-minor, but Toronto's 27th-rated penalty-killing unit was able to prevail after allowing just one shot on goal.

Buffalo's best opportunity came when Drew Stafford stared at a gaping net just below the left circle, but his shot went off the side of the net.

Toronto's defence was bolstered with the return of Mike Van Ryn, who missed the last 13 games because of a broken bone in his hand and a concussion sustained when rammed from behind and into the boards by Montreal forward Tom Kostopoulos on Nov. 8.

Lydman opened the scoring with his first of the season six minutes into the game. The defenceman cruised into the lower portion of the left circle before letting go a wrist shot that beat Toskala.

The Maple Leafs tied it with 2:21 left in the second period on Williams' second goal of the season. Williams took a behind-the-back drop pass from Pavel Kubina at the Buffalo blue-line before skating to the top of the left circle and wristing a shot by Miller.

Williams has scored in both games he's played this season. After being recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on Sunday, he scored in the Maple Leafs' 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Monday night.

Notes: The Sabres played without captain Craig Rivet (upper body). ... Toronto was once again without rookie D Luke Schenn (sprained knee) and forward Niklas Hagman (head), with both missing their second game. ... It was the first of six meetings this season between the two Northeast Division rivals. ... Sabres C Derek Roy extended his points streak to five games with an assist on Lydman's goal. ... Lydman's goal was just the fourth this season by a Buffalo defenceman.

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