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Leafs Settle For Tie Vs. Sabres

Saturday, 01.3.2004 / 9:31 PM ET / News
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Leafs Settle For Tie Vs. Sabres
January 3, 2004
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TORONTO (AP) -- Matt Stajan scored the tying goal with 3:02 left in regulation and the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for a 3-3 tie against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Down 3-1 in the third period, Toronto's Mats Sundin scored a power-play goal before Stajan tipped Ken Klee's slap shot past Martin Biron.

Toronto outshot Buffalo 37-16.

Miroslav Satan, Chris Drury and Rory Fitzpatrick scored second-period goals for the Sabres, who have a point in five of six games.

Biron made 34 saves.

(Graig Abel Photography)
Klee almost scored with less than a minute left in overtime, but Biron made a kick save.

Sundin and Gary Roberts also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won just one of four games since earning at least one point in a team-record 16 straight games.

Toronto forward Owen Nolan didn't return after Buffalo's Jay McKee high-sticked him in the face early in the first period. Nolan dropped to the ice and kicked his skates. McKee wasn't penalized.

Toronto's Ed Belfour allowed three goals on 16 shots.

Satan, who had a hat trick on Wednesday, scored his 15th goal of the season by putting a rebound past Belfour at 5:01 of the second. Just under two minutes later, Drury's wrist shot hit the camera inside the net to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead.

After Sundin turned the puck over during a Buffalo power play, Fitzpatrick's slap shot trickled through Belfour's pads at 13:53 of the second.

Sundin cut it to 3-2 at 1:48 of the third after Bryan McCabe made a centering pass on the power play.

Sundin made a nice centering pass between two defensemen to Roberts, who gave Toronto a 1-0 lead on the power play at 6:52 of the first.

Game Notes
Nolan has nine goals and 19 assists. ... Sundin and Roberts sent each other to the ice by colliding in the second period. Sundin laughed about it when he got to the bench. ... Satan has nine points in six games. ... Buffalo beat Toronto on Oct. 30. ... Fitzpatrick scored his first goal of the season.

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