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Associated Press
11/4/2006 9:56:20 PM


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Mats Sundin had two goals and an assist to help the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, the Sabres' first loss in regulation.

Darcy Tucker and Jeff O'Neill also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won four of their last five.

Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres, who lost for the first time in regulation since a 4-2 defeat against Philadelphia on April 7. Buffalo opened this season with 10 straight wins before falling to Atlanta 5-4 in a shootout last Saturday.

The Maple Leafs used a three-goal second period to win for only the fifth time in 23 regular-season games in Buffalo since 1996.

Sabres leading scorer Maxim Afinogenov was knocked out of the game in the first period with an upper body injury. He played five shifts, totalling nearly four minutes, before heading to the dressing room.

Afinogenov, with eight goals and 11 assists, entered the night tied with the Thrashers' Marian Hossa for second in scoring in the NHL.

Hecht opened the scoring with his third goal of the season seven minutes into the first period. He outmuscled defenceman Brendan Bell before putting a one-handed backhand past Andrew Raycroft.

Sundin answered just over 10 minutes later, redirecting Kyle Wellwood's pass at the top of the crease past Ryan Miller.

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Sundin had a great game, and Raycroft game up huge. A nice solid win by Toronto.

This should do wonders for the team's confidence.
 

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BE-LEAF-ABLE said:
Sundin had a great game, and Raycroft game up huge. A nice solid win by Toronto.

This should do wonders for the team's confidence.
Your right it should boost there confidence huge. No one was expecting them to even come close to beating them , and then they go in there and they beat them by 3 goals. Way to go for the leafs.
 

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I thought the Buds were done after that early first goal but man did they play well.

They really beat Buffalo for 60 minutes last night.

go Leafs!
 

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Yeah. Crowds like Buffalo's have a sort of intimidating factor to them, and it feels that way even with all the Leaf fans there.

It's kind of like that with Philly too. Go down 2 goals and 'phew!'

If the Leafs can continue to win games like that on the road the way they did, they'll be quite a load to handle this year for any team.
 
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