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Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 (OT)

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BUFFALO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs won in dramatic fashion over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night, 4-3, with Matt Frattin's late overtime winner. Frattin chipped the winner past Ryan Miller with just 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime.

Frattin had two goals for the Leafs, including his overtime strike. On the goal, he drove past Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold and went hard to the net before burying a shot to Miller's right. Jay McClement and Cody Franson also scored for the Maple Leafs. James Reimer had 29 saves.

The Sabres lost their fourth game in a row, falling to 2-3-1 on the season. Jason Pominville, Andrej Sekera and Mikhail Grigorenko scored for the Sabres. Ryan Miller had 20 saves.

The game was a back-and-forth affair. Grigorenko tied the game at 3-3 7:10 into the third on his first NHL goal.

The Leafs grabbed control in the second period. Even though they were outshot 15-7 by the Sabres, they made the most of their chances and took a 3-2 lead.

Buffalo struck first in the second period on Andrej Sekera's pretty backhand at 2:28, but the Leafs quickly answered. The Maple Leafs tied the game just over one minute later when Matt Fratin buried a rebound to Miller's left at 3:40. Toronto grabbed its lead back 6:21 into the second, going up 3-2 on Cody Franson's blast from the point.

Jay McClement got the Leafs on the board first when he put home a rebound 9:25 into the game. Nasim Kadri's long wrist shot clanged off the crossbar, and McClement took advantage by giving the Leafs a 1-0 lead.

Pominville tied the game at 1 on the power play five minutes later. With several players scrambling around the net, the puck made its way to Pominville in the left circle and the Sabres captain ripped a wrist shot high to Reimer's glove side.

NOTES: With his first-period goal, Jason Pominville moved into 12th place in Sabres history with 179 career goals. ... Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta left the game in the first period after receiving a hit from behind from Mike Brown. Brown received a two-minute penalty for boarding on the play. ... Buffalo rookie Mikhail Grigorenko is staying in the NHL after playing in his sixth game of the season. The Sabres had the option of sending Grigorenko back to his junior team after a five-game tryout, but they announced earlier Tuesday that the 18-year-old will remain in Buffalo. The Sabres can still send Grigorenko back to the Quebec Remparts, but that seems unlikely now that the first year of his rookie contract has officially kicked in. ... Sabres forward Thomas Vanek returned after missing Sunday's game against Washington due to a muscle sprain. ... Toronto forward Clark MacArthur missed the game with a finger injury.

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