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Ott lifts Sabres to 5-4 SO win over Maple Leafs

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm •  Published: March 21, 2013

And Reimer became confused when asked about the Leafs dropping to 1-3-3 in their past seven.

"To me, that's one game over .500, if that make sense," Reimer said, laughing. "I don't know if it does. Maybe it doesn't, I don't know. Too many pucks to the head."

Bozak and Kadri scored 76 seconds apart to put the Leafs ahead 2-0 midway through the first period. And Toronto appeared in control 8:52 into the second, when Grabovski deflected in Jake Gardiner's shot from the blue line to make it a 3-1 advantage.

The Sabres responded by scoring the next three, capped by Ehrhoff's blast from the blue line 22 seconds into the third.

The Maple Leafs responded six minutes later. Kadri was battling Buffalo's Jordan Leopold in front when he managed to deflect in Cody Franson's shot from the right circle.

Accustomed to blowing two-goal leads, as Buffalo at Montreal on Tuesday, the Sabres showed they could overcome them, too.

"We didn't quit," Miller said. "We battled back and got a lead, which is great."

The Sabres also didn't shy away from the Maple Leafs' physical style.

Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr was ejected 2:09 in after he broke his stick in two cross-checking Patrick Kaleta off a face-off. That sparked a fight between Orr and Kaleta as well as the teams' two heavyweights, Buffalo's John Scott and Toronto's Frazer McLaren.

And Ott made his presence known by exchanging several shoves with Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf in the opening minutes.

"We matched size for size, hit for hit," Ott said. "That's why it was a 4-4 game in a shootout at the end of it all."

NOTES: The Maple Leafs were without LW Joffrey Lupul, who was suspended two games by the NHL earlier in the day for an illegal hit to the head of Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman a day earlier. ... The Sabres were minus leading scorer Thomas Vanek, who is day to day after being struck by a shot in the right hip in a 3-2 OT win at Montreal on Tuesday. ... C Kadri entered the game with a team-leading 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 30 games. At 22, he became the team's youngest player to reach 30 points in 30 games since 22-year-old Ed Olczyk did it in 1988-89.