Leafs Stun Sabres In OT 4-3

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 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Matt Frattin scored his second goal of the game with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Frattin skated in from the left circle and wristed a shot over the shoulder of Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. MIller said he felt like he let his team down. "Tonight just didn't have it for whatever reason. It was definitely the kind of game I needed to show up for and be better. The guys got me back into it and I tried to hang tight with it and then I just had, another letdown. I let them down."

Jay McClement and Cody Franson also scored for Toronto, which snapped a two-game skid. James Reimer made 29 saves for the Maple Leafs. Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf said "We know that it's a tough building to play in and we haven't had a lot of success here, but it feels good to get the win and now we move forward."

Jason Pominville, Andrej Sekera and Mikhail Grigorenko scored for Buffalo, which lost its fourth straight. Miller stopped 20 shots.

Grigorenko, the Sabres' first-round choice in the 2012 draft, tied it 3-all at 7:10 of the third period with a deftly placed backhander from the slot. He made amends for being on the ice for the first three Toronto goals. Grigorenko's teammates were excited for him. Defenseman Mike Weber said "I couldn't be happier for the kid. He's got a lot of great potential and, I mean, he's 18 years old, so I think it's fair to say we can jump off his back a little bit and let him develop and grow and is he going to be a special player for a lot of years for us." Captain Jason Pominville added "I think everyone is excited for him, obviously a big goal that tied the game up. He was able to get us that point and it was nice to see him get rewarded and he obviously got the fans going and got the boys going. He worked hard, he deserves to be here and it was nice to see him get rewarded."

The Sabres will try to snap their four game losing streak Thursday night at Boston.



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