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Sabres Playoff Chances Take A Big Hit

The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate one of four goals against the Sabres (Getty Images)

Back to back losses have put the Sabres in a big hole with just a week left in the regular season.  After Friday’s tough loss to the Pittsurgh Penguins on home ice the Sabres followed that with a lackluster effort in Toronto, falling to the Leafs 4-3.  Combined with Washington’s shootout win over Montreal the Sabres now trail the Capitals by two points for the final playoff spot with only three games left for both teams.

Tyler Ennis, Ville Leino and Drew Stafford scored for the Sabres, but the difference in this game was the power play.  The Sabres power play backfired when the Leafs opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal.  Then after Tyler Ennis scored to tie the game in the second period the Leafs scored a power play goal to take the lead for good.  The Sabres had some good chances to tie the game and send it to overtime in the closing seconds but came up short.

The Leafs victory ends a 11-game home losing streak.

Tuesday’s rematch with the Leafs at First Niagara Center is an absolute must win.  Following Tuesday’s game the Sabres close with road games at Philadelphia and Boston.

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