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Buffalo Sabres 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Buffalo Sabres 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 FINAL
Buffalo Sabres 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 4

TORONTO (AP) _ Mika Noronen didn't even get a chance to hear his name called by the public address announcer after becoming the eighth NHL goalie to score a goal.

The Buffalo goalie 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 was the last Buffalo player to touch the puck.

Noronen initially thought he would get credit for it, but teammate Dmitri Kalinin was announced as the scorer. Noronen didn't find out until 10 minutes after the game.

``It's too bad. Maybe I'll get to hear my name next time,'' Noronen said.

Noronen is the first NHL goalie to score since San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov did it against Vancouver on March 10, 2002. New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and former Philadelphia goalie Ron Hextall have each scored twice, both once in the regular season and once in the playoffs.

``It's pretty funny,'' Noronen said. ``I guess I was the last guy to touch the puck. I don't know. It was fun.''

Noronen got the puck and said he might put it in his summer cabin.

``It's my first goal ever,'' he said. ``Hopefully, it's not the last one.''

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, who 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.

``It was a nice comeback,'' said Dumont, who had a four point game.

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.

``We were in complete control of the game until we got into penalty trouble,'' Kidd said.

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
04:23
TOR
Matt Stajan (9) ASST: Tie Domi (12), Karel Pilar (11)
1 - 0 TOR
11:37
TOR
Thomas Fitzgerald (6) ASST: Aki Berg (6), Matt Stajan (10)
2 - 0 TOR
12:52
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (7) ASST: Nathan Perrott (1), Nik Antropov (12)
3 - 0 TOR
17:42
BUF
PPG - Chris Drury (13) ASST: Daniel Briere (24), J-P Dumont (22)
3 - 1 TOR
18:54
BUF
PPG - J-P Dumont (15) ASST: Miroslav Satan (17), Alexei Zhitnik (21)
3 - 2 TOR
3rd Period
03:45
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov (13) ASST: Curtis Brown (12), Brian Campbell (4)
3 - 3 Tie
10:08
BUF
Ales Kotalik (14) ASST: Dmitri Kalinin (17), J-P Dumont (23)
4 - 3 BUF
12:54
BUF
Curtis Brown (9) ASST: J-P Dumont (24), Andy Delmore (4)
5 - 3 BUF
17:41
TOR
PPG - Robert Reichel (8) ASST: Owen Nolan (21), Karel Pilar (12)
5 - 4 BUF
19:17
BUF
EN - Mika Noronen (1) ASST: NONE
6 - 4 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
04:37
TOR
Karel Pilar  Interference against  Daniel Briere
11:00
BUF
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Nathan Perrott
11:00
TOR
Nathan Perrott  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
12:53
TOR
Aki Berg  Cross checking against  J-P Dumont
17:56
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Interference against  Robert Reichel
2nd Period
01:53
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hooking against  Gary Roberts
14:11
TOR
Mikael Renberg  Hi-sticking against  Daniel Briere
14:11
TOR
Mikael Renberg  Hi-sticking against  Daniel Briere
18:11
BUF
Rory Fitzpatrick  Fighting (maj) against  Gary Roberts
18:11
TOR
Gary Roberts  Fighting (maj) against  Rory Fitzpatrick
18:50
TOR
Ken Klee  Holding against  Dmitri Kalinin
19:23
BUF
Adam Mair  Cross checking against  Nik Antropov
19:23
BUF
Adam Mair  Roughing against  Nik Antropov
19:23
TOR
Nik Antropov  Roughing against  Adam Mair
19:23
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Boarding against  Adam Mair
3rd Period
10:32
TOR
Bryan Marchment  Kneeing against  Jochen Hecht
16:08
BUF
Chris Drury  Tripping against  Nik Antropov
19:47
BUF
Alexei Zhitnik  Tripping against  Nik Antropov
19:47
TOR
Mats Sundin  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:47
TOR
Mats Sundin  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Mika Noronen
Mika Noronen
SA: 18TOI: 27:08
Saves: 17EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .944SH: 1 - 1
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 18TOI: 32:52
Saves: 15EV: 13 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Trevor Kidd
SA: 31TOI: 59:21
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .839SH: 2 - 2
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