NHL: Sabres come from behind to beat Leafs


Wed, Oct 17, 2007 - Page 18

Ales Kotalik scored a power-play goal with four seconds left in overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Kotalik's slap shot from the left circle was stopped by Andrew Raycroft, but defenseman Bryan McCabe knocked the puck into his own net to give the Sabres the dramatic victory.

Jason Pominville and Jochen Hecht had a goal and an assist each, and Adam Mair and Thomas Vanek also scored for Buffalo, which won its third consecutive game.

Chad Kilger had two goals and an assist, Nik Antropov added one of each, and Simon Gamache also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped three of four.

Jocelyn Thibault made 21 saves in his season debut with the Sabres.

Raycroft, making his third start, finished with 37 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Ducks 6, Red Wings 3

In Anaheim, California, Samuel Pahlsson scored a tiebreaking short-handed goal with 10:58 left in the third period to lead Anaheim.

Kent Huskins of the Ducks notched his first NHL goal four months after winning his first Stanley Cup ring. Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz, Corey Perry and Sean O'Donnell scored for Anaheim and Ryan Getzlaf had three assists.

Kris Draper, Henrik Zetterberg and Brian Rafalski scored for the Red Wings.

Sharks 4, Canucks 2

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo scored in a 3:20 span early in the third period for San Jose.

Evgeni Nabokov finished with 24 saves and was credited with an assist on Steve Bernier's goal.

Bernier tied the game with his first of the season on a 5-on-3 with five minutes left in the second period, and Pavelski added his first on another power play 2:33 into the third. Thornton scored his third goal at 3:45, and Cheechoo added his first of the year from a sharp angle at 5:33.