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THE FINAL BUZZER: APRIL 3

Sabres rally from three down early to beat Toronto 6-5 in OT

Tuesday, 04.03.2012 / 11:05 PM / News
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
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THE FINAL BUZZER: APRIL 3
TWITTER RECAP (The game in 140 characters or less)
Sabres rally from early three-goal deficit to keep their playoff hopes alive with a wild 6-5 OT win over Toronto at FNC.

FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
Lindy Ruff
“That’s not how you draw it up, but it was a helluva way to win it. That game had all kinds. For the last home game of the year in regular season, that game had everything.”

“We obviously had to take some chances. Like I said, we gave up some situations. But Sulzer in the crease, and Leo. I think all five of our guys were there on the tying goal. That might be one of the most incredible displays I’ve seen right there of trying to find the puck wherever it was at.

“I think I said early in the year when we had a quick whistle, that it all evens out. It finally evened out … It was early in the year, and I said ‘hopefully those will even out.’ And maybe that was the referee that blew it quick.”

On Marcus Foligno: “He was incredible tonight. He came out just stomping: the hit, the fight, the next hit. The way he took the puck to the net. He’s really gained a lot of confidence. He’s using his size. If you want to look at that play, Komisarek basically jumped on his back at the end and bashed his head on the ice. He did everything he could to get the puck in the paint. I think he singlehandedly helped this team win a game.”

He was incredible tonight ... I think he single-handedly helped this team win a game. - Lindy Ruff on Marcus Foligno
Marcus Foligno
“I think the ref was looking at how many punches I took to the face so he was in awe. I think I got lucky. In that sense, it’s one thing when it’s in the crease and the goalie might be looking for it, but he wasn’t. He was kind of staying in his crease so the puck was loose and we’re happy that Leo jumped in and pushed it home … I had a glove in my face the whole time. I was just hoping to God that I heard after or something that we scored and it went in, so it was huge.”

Derek Roy
“This is our season. This could be the end of our season if we lose this game. That’s where you dig down deep and say that to yourself and you find energy. I thought we rolled three lines for a good part of the game and guys were a little tired at the end, but you know what, you just have to tell yourself that and go out on the ice and make it happen … All the work we put in throughout the season and towards the end of the season when everyone counted us out, we just have to keep working. Even tonight with people counting us out, probably in the third, you just keep going. It’s the guys in this dressing room and we’re all here and it’s good and we’re all going to do it.

Tyler Ennis
On what he saw in the scrum on tying goal: “Nothing. I just saw bodies. I saw the puck flicker by a couple times but I just saw bodies everywhere and I was just trying to find the puck. Leo jumps in and pokes it home and it was a good feeling.

BY THE NUMBERS
- Sabres rally from a three-goal deficit for the first time since January 1, 2010 (4-3, OT)
- Derek Roy scored his first goal since a PPG on March 17 at Florida.
- Sabres tie their season high with 45 shots on goal.
- Sabres are now 7-0 in their final regular season home game since the lockout. Their last loss was vs. TOR on Apr. 2, 2004 (2-0).
- Ryan Miller has now started 12 straight games; 22 of the last 23 games; and 32 of Buffalo’s last 34.
- Jason Pominville assisted on Derek Roy’s goal, giving him points in 32 of 41 home games. He ranks fifth in the league with 46 points (17+29) at home this season
- Sabres sweep Toronto at home for fourth time since Maple Leafs joined Eastern Conference in 1998-99
- Sabres have won 11 of last 12 home games vs. Toronto
- Buffalo has not lost the home portion of a home-and-home series with Toronto since Dec. 20, 1970. The Sabres are 9-1-2 all-time in the home portion of these series.
- Andrej Sekera played in his 300th career game tonight. He is currently the longest-tenured defenseman on the Sabres roster.
- Robyn Regehr played in his 900th career game, becoming the 19th active defenseman to reach this milestone.
- Buffalo allowed three goals in the first period; their first three-goals against period since Feb. 16 at Philadelphia.
- Sulzer had the first three-point game of his career, and second multipoint game. His only other multipoint effort came with Nashville Jan. 23, 2011 (1+1).
- Sabres match a season-high with 19 shots in the second period. Fifth time this season they’ve reached that total.
- The 13-shot differential (19-6) in the second was a season high for Buffalo.

Still Streaking
- Tyler Ennis: 4 games (3-4-7)
- Jason Pominville: 4 games (1-4-5)
- Jordan Leopold: 3 games (2-1-3)
- Alexander Sulzer: 3 games (2-3-5)

Streak Stoppers
- Ville Leino: 2 games (1-1-2)

Special Teams
Power Play: 3/5, 9 shots
Penalty Kill: 1/1, 1 shot against

Sabres Real-Time Stats Leaders
Time on Ice- Jordan Leopold, 26:54
Shots- Roy/Pominville, 6
Hits- Marcus Foligno, 4
Faceoffs- Derek Roy, 14/22 (64%)

Buffalo’s Record When…
Opponent Scoring First: 14-23-2
Trailing After 1st: 9-17-1
Trailing After 2nd: 4-24-2
Outshooting opponent: 17-11-3

GAME SUMMARY
FIRST PERIOD
1-0 TOR: Kessel grabs the rebound from own shot and finds Bozak all alone in front for the easy tap in. (6:13)… 2-0 TOR: A giveaway by Ennis in the Sabres zone leads to a wide open Bozak scoring his second of the game. (14:49)… 3-0 TOR: Frattin unloads a bomb from the right faceoff circle that Miller can’t see throught the Sekera screen (16:42)… Shots: TOR-13, BUF-9

SECOND PERIOD
3-1: Ennis takes the feed from Sulzer and fires a shot from the slot that Scrivens can only get a piece of (4:26, PP)… 3-2: Sulzer steps into a shot from just inside the Toronto blueline that somehow finds its through traffic and behind Scrivens (10:44)… Shots: TOR-6, BUF-19

THIRD PERIOD
4-2 TOR: MacArthur outworks Sulzer at the edge of the crease to redirect Crabb’s cross-ice pass (1:28)… 4-3: Roy gets the Sabres back within one with a shot from the point that is aided in front by a Vanek screen (2:24, PP)… 5-3 TOR: Gardiner circles the Sabres net untouched before letting go a wrist shot that creeps through a crowd to Miller’s far side (10:39)… 5-4: Sulzer jams home the puck during a wild scramble in front that needs video review for confirmation (14:57)… 5-5: Leopold squeezes the loose puck through a pile of players in front of the Toronto net to even the score. (18:07)… Shots: TOR-6, BUF-13

OVERTIME
6-5 BUF: Roy jumps into the slot and fires the game winner past Scrivens to cap a wild come-from-behind win (3:29)… Shots: TOR-0/25, BUF-4/45

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Thursday, 7 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

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