'The Sabres are four points behind the New York Islanders, who have a game in hand, for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with just 10 games remaining.'
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'In addition, captain Chris Drury sustained a concussion in Monday's 6-5 overtime loss to Toronto and will be lost for a minimum of a week. Drury must be symptom-free for seven days before he returns to the ice.'
'A MRI revealed that Alexei Zhitnik has a small non displaced fracture in his shoulder. He's out for the rest of the regular season. Zhitnik was pile driven into the boards on a cheap shot from the Blues Dallas Drake. The league did not suspend Drake.'
'All told, Toronto scored three of its six goals off Buffalo players.'
'The Sabres-Leafs game Monday was the hottest this season for an event at HSBC Arena. Leafs fans scooped up thousands of tickets months ago, as they often do for games in Buffalo. Scalpers reported before the game they were getting triple the amount of face value for their tickets.'
'But if there has ever been a more detestable point in recent team history, good luck finding it.'
Toronto won for just the third time in the building, improving to 3-13-3 there since it opened in 1996.
Even though there were thousands of Leafs faithful at the HSBC Arena last night, few could have predicted the outcome after what happened earlier in the game.
Derek Roy has gone from being the Memorial Cup MVP with the OHLs Kitchener Rangers to a third-line centre with the Buffalo Sabres in a span of about 10 months, and the adjustment has come with a significant learning curve.
'"I thought what Nieuwendyk did is on the lines of a suspension," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "The guy has his helmet off and he fell on him and pounded his head into the ice. "It was a gutless play on his part."'