Sabres 6, Maple Leafs 3
TORONTO (AP) _ Geoff Sanderson scored three goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, completing a sweep of their home-and-home series.
Toronto had battled back from a 3-0 deficit with three second-period goals, but Michael Peca scored late in the period on a deflection to put Buffalo ahead to stay.
The loss was the third straight for the Maple Leafs, including a 4-1 loss in Buffalo on Friday night. The Maple Leafs started the season with a 5-1-1 record.
Miroslav Satan, Michael Peca and Alexei Zhitnik also scored for Buffalo. Steve Sullivan, Mike Johnson and Igor Korolev scored for Toronto.
Peca redirected Zhitnik’s point shot past Toronto goaltender Felix Potvin at 17:28 of the second period to give Buffalo a 4-3 lead.
The Maple Leafs rallied from a 3-0 deficit against last season’s league MVP Dominik Hasek, with three goals in a four-minute span midway through the second period. Sullivan, Johnson and Korolev scored at even strength to tie the score 3-3.
Satan opened the scoring in the first period for Buffalo, jamming a rebound past Potvin at 5:16 on the power play. Sanderson made it 3-0 with a pair of goals, the first at 17:11 of the first period, the second at 1:40 of the second period. He added an insurance goal at 2:23 of the third period to give him five goals in nine games this season.
Toronto’s special teams were inefficient. After going 0-for-5 Saturday, the Maple Leafs’ power play slipped to 4-for-56 for the season, worst in the NHL. Toronto’s penalty-killing unit gave up one goal in three chances and is barely 70 per cent efficient this season, also 27th in the NHL.
Toronto was without its top scorer, Sergei Berezin, after he sustained a hip injury in the loss to Buffalo on Friday. Berezin has five goals in nine games this season.