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Buffalo Still Has Leafs' Number

Saturday, 02.14.2004 / 10:23 PM ET / News
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Buffalo Still Has Leafs\' Number
 Scoring | Statistics

Leafs Lines:
Roberts-Sundin-Renberg | Ponikarovsky-Antropov-Perrott
Stajan-Fitzgerald-Domi | Nolan-Reichel-Tucker
Defence Pairings: McCabe-Kaberle, Berg-Klee, Marchment-Pilar
Goalies: Kidd (T 59:44, 18 SV, 1 GA), Tellqvist (0:00)
Injuries: Belfour (back); Mogilny (hip); Belak (knee); Nieuwendyk(ribs);
Healthy scratches: Drake Berehowsky, Craig Johnson

February 14, 2003

TORONTO (AP) -- Buffalo goalie Mika Noronen was credited with a goal when Toronto's Robert Reichel accidentally put the puck into an empty net in the Sabres' 6-4 victory Saturday night.

With Toronto down 5-4, Reichel tried to pass the puck from behind Buffalo's net, but the puck went all the way down the ice and into the empty net. Noronen, the last Buffalo player, to touch the puck was credited with the goal.

Alexei Ponikarovsky netted his seventh of the season Saturday.
(D. Sandford/Getty Images)

Noronen is the seventh NHL goalie to score in the regular season, and the first since Montreal's Jose Theodore had a goal against the New York Islanders on Jan 2, 2001.

Noronen replaced Martin Biron in goal in the second period after Biron allowed three goals on 18 shots.

Maxim Afinogenov, Ales Kotalik, Curtis Brown also scored third-period goals for the Sabres, which overcame a 3-0 deficit a night after rallying to beat Los Angeles.

Chris Drury and J.P Dumont added goals for the Sabres, who won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 10-2-2 in their last 14 home games.

Afinogenov tied it at 13:45 of the third, and Kotalik put his own rebound past goalie Trevor Kidd for the lead at 10:09. Brown made it 5-3 just over two minutes later.

Reichel cut it to 5-4 at 17:41, but then scored on his own net with less than a minute left.

Toronto goalie Ed Belfour couldn't play for the fifth time in the last seven games because of a tight lower back. Backup Trevor Kidd allowed five goals on 32 shots.

Toronto's Matt Stajan opened the scoring at 4:23 of the second after Tie Domi stole the puck from Jochen Hecht and passed to Stajan, who put a one-timer past Biron.

Aki Berg's slap shot hit off a skate and in at 11:39, and Alexei Ponikarovsky gave Toronto a 3-0 lead just over a minute later.

After Toronto's Mikael Renberg received a four-minute penalty high-sticking, Drury scored on the power play at 17:42.

Dumont cut it to 3-2 at 18:54 of the second.

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