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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres' long winning streak to open the season may be over, but they don't appear to be slowing down.

The Sabres (11-0-1) look to build off an impressive comeback victory Saturday when they play the first of eight meetings with the Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-3) this season.

Buffalo rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to beat Boston 5-4 in a shootout Thursday night. Ales Kotalik scored the tying goal with 95 seconds left in regulation and then converted the last shot in the shootout.

"I can't remember being on a team that has done that," forward Chris Drury said. "Coming back that late is pretty unique."

The win came five days after the Sabres lost in a shootout to Atlanta to end an NHL record-tying 10-game winning streak to begin the season. Buffalo hasn't lost in regulation in 17 games dating to last season.

"This team just knows that we can come back from a deficit," Kotalik said. "We just believe that we can do it even if it's in the third period and time is winding down. ... This team has always been on the right side of confidence, especially after winning our first 10 games."

Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots and then two of three in the shootout.

"I still can't believe it happened," he said. "I guess that's what we're capable of. We were in a deep hole. This shows we don't quit."

Miller, who is 4-1-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average against the Maple Leafs, is hoping to get back on track after allowing four goals in each of his last two starts. He has a 1.72 GAA on the road, but a 3.30 average at home.

Toronto is coming off a 4-2 loss at Florida on Thursday, ending a season-high three-game winning streak. The Maple Leafs trailed by three early in the third period before goals by Bryan McCabe and Mats Sundin cut the deficit to one, but the Panthers added an empty-net goal to secure the win.

"We didn't have the legs Florida had," Sundin said. "We were playing back-to-back, and Florida was sitting there waiting, and they were the desperate team needing points. We needed to match that, but we waited until the third period and you can't do that in this league."

Sundin's goal was his sixth of the season and he is tied with Darcy Tucker for the team lead with 15 points. In his 16th year in the NHL, Sundin has 25 goals and 63 points in 73 games against the Sabres.

This is the finale of a three-game road trip for Toronto, which has played four of its last five away from home. The Maple Leafs are 4-2-1 on the road this season.

"When you're on the road, you need to play smart on those nights when you don't have the edge," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said.

Buffalo went 6-1-1 against the Maple Leafs last season, winning all four meetings on its home ice.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 24 '07 BUF 1 at TOR 4 D. Tucker
Mar 23 '07 TOR 4 at BUF 5 D. Stafford
Mar 03 '07 BUF 3 at TOR 1 D. Stafford
Feb 27 '07 BUF 6 at TOR 1 D. Stafford
Jan 11 '07 TOR 4 at BUF 2 A. Steen
Jan 06 '07 BUF 4 at TOR 3 A. Kotalik
Nov 22 '06 TOR 4 at BUF 7 D. Briere
Nov 04 '06 TOR 4 at BUF 1 D. Tucker
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