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game recap

Sabres 8, Maple Leafs 4

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:25 AM

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) - Ed Belfour took the blame for the latest Toronto loss in what has become the Maple Leafs' worst slump in nine years.

Thomas Vanek scored twice and the Buffalo Sabres handed the Maple Leafs their seventh straight loss with a 8-4 victory on Thursday night.

Toronto is mired in its longest losing streak since dropping seven in a row in January 1997.

Fans booed Belfour after Vanek scored Buffalo's fourth goal early in the second period. Coach Pat Quinn replaced Belfour with Mikael Tellqvist.

Alex Steen, who scored twice, took exception to the booing aimed at his teammate.

``I don't like that sort of stuff,'' he said. ``It's definitely not Ed's fault that we've had these losses.''

The 40-year-old Belfour has had a sub-par season.

``It's always discouraging when you don't have things go your way,'' said Belfour, who shrugged off the booing. ``They are frustrated just like the rest of us.''

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said Belfour looked uncomfortable.

``We mentioned that it looked like he was rattled and that we should get more pucks to the net,'' Ruff said.

Chris Drury, Johan Hecht, Derek Roy, Brian Campbell, Jason Pominville and Jay McKee also scored for the Sabres.

Buffalo scored four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead, but Toronto cut it to 5-4 by the end of the second.

But Drury's one-timer gave Buffalo an insurance goal at 6:18 of the third, and Vanek made it 7-4 at 12:47. McKee added an empty-netter with a second left.

``I don't think they are bad,'' Vanek said of the Leafs. ``We got a couple of quick goals and hurt them. Then we let them back in the game. But I still think come playoff time they will be battling for a spot.''

Steen gave Toronto a 1-0 lead on the power play at 4:08 of the first, but Hecht's centering pass went off the skate of Toronto's Jason Allison and past Belfour at 12:38 of the first. Roy's floating wrist shot beat Belfour on his blocker side with about two minutes left in the period to make it 2-1.

Campbell scored on the power play with a slap shot about three minutes into the second and Toronto fans booed after Vanek scored an unassisted goal on Belfour about 10 seconds later on Buffalo's 16th shot.

Steen scored on the power play and Alex Ponikarovsky made it 4-3 at 13:17 of the second with a goal after a scramble in front.

Alexander Khavanov cut it to 5-4 with 3:40 left in the second with a shorthanded goal after redirecting Chad Kilger's centering pass.

It was the first shorthanded goal by a Toronto defenseman since Tomas Kaberle scored one Oct, 2002 versus Montreal.

Notes: Toronto's Eric Lindros remains sidelined with a torn ligament in his right wrist. He hasn't played since early December. ... Toronto's Aki Berg didn't return after hurting his ribs in the second period.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:08
TOR
PPG - Alexander Steen (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Wellwood (19), Mats Sundin (22)
1 - 0 TOR
12:38
BUF
Jochen Hecht (13) Backhand shot - ASST: Paul Gaustad (10), Maxim Afinogenov (22)
1 - 1 Tie
18:12
BUF
Derek Roy (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Maxim Afinogenov (23), Jay McKee (8)
2 - 1 BUF
2nd Period
03:11
BUF
PPG - Brian Campbell (8) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Drury (23), Jason Pominville (8)
3 - 1 BUF
03:21
BUF
Thomas Vanek (14) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 BUF
08:04
TOR
PPG - Alexander Steen (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Wellwood (20), Tomas Kaberle (34)
4 - 2 BUF
13:17
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Nik Antropov (8), Ken Klee (11)
4 - 3 BUF
13:56
BUF
Jason Pominville (10) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 3 BUF
16:20
TOR
SHG - Alexander Khavanov (4) Tip-in - ASST: Chad Kilger (8), Mats Sundin (23)
5 - 4 BUF
3rd Period
06:18
BUF
PPG - Chris Drury (17) Slapshot - ASST: Ales Kotalik (18), Brian Campbell (19)
6 - 4 BUF
12:47
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (15) Snap shot - ASST: Jochen Hecht (14), Rory Fitzpatrick (3)
7 - 4 BUF
19:59
BUF
SHG - EN - Jay McKee (4) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
8 - 4 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
01:22
TOR
Ken Klee  Hooking against  Jason Pominville
03:24
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Hooking against  Tomas Kaberle
08:40
TOR
Chad Kilger  Holding against  Paul Gaustad
10:21
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Slashing against  Tomas Kaberle
13:03
TOR
Ed Belfour  Roughing
14:27
BUF
Ales Kotalik  Hooking against  Nik Antropov
2nd Period
02:34
TOR
Tie Domi  Roughing against  J-P Dumont
05:14
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Cross checking against  Chad Kilger
05:14
TOR
Chad Kilger  Hooking against  Jochen Hecht
06:26
BUF
Rory Fitzpatrick  Tripping against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
07:35
BUF
Michael Grier  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ed Belfour
10:17
BUF
Rory Fitzpatrick  Cross checking against  Tie Domi
15:54
TOR
Clarke Wilm  Holding against  Chris Drury
3rd Period
04:49
TOR
Alexander Steen  Tripping against  Thomas Vanek
05:11
TOR
Chad Kilger  Hi-sticking against  Jason Pominville
06:03
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Roughing against  Mats Sundin
12:18
TOR
Ken Klee  Hooking against  Thomas Vanek
18:36
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Interference against  Mats Sundin
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 37TOI: 59:44
Saves: 33EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .892SH: 4 - 5
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 16TOI: 23:21
Saves: 12EV: 7 - 10
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 1
Mikael Tellqvist
Mikael Tellqvist
SA: 15TOI: 35:15
Saves: 12EV: 7 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 1
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