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Biron sets team record for consecutive shutout minutes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Martin Biron did something Friday night not
even Dominik Hasek could accomplish during his storied Sabres
career.

Biron made 27 saves in his third straight shutout, breaking
Hasek's Buffalo record for consecutive shutout minutes in the
Sabres' 4-0 win over Toronto.

Biron extended it to 201 minutes, 12 seconds, to build on the
previous record of 178:33. Biron has not given up a goal since Saku
Koivu beat him 3:48 into the third period Jan. 11 in Montreal.

"When Dom goes into the Hall of Fame, I'll be able to put it on
my wall saying as a Buffalo Sabre I beat his team record," Biron
said.

Biron said with a big lead, it was hard for him not to think
about allowing a goal.

"There's something in the back of your head that says well just
don't let anything in," he said.

Miroslav Satan had two goals and two assists for Buffalo, 7-1-2
in January and 5-0-2 in its last seven games. Toronto lost its
second straight. Chris Gratton and Taylor Pyatt also scored for the
Sabres.

Satan scored his team-leading 18th goal when he took a pass from
Jochen Hecht and fired it between Ed Belfour's legs down the right
wing early in the third period.

Biron made several key saves, including two after Buffalo
giveaways with the Maple Leafs short-handed. Late in the first,
Biron stopped Paul Healey point blank. Almost halfway through the
second, he stoned Robert Reichel on a breakaway.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who also saw his team get a shutout
from rookie Ryan Miller last week, said the team feeds off the
great goaltending.

"We've been getting fantastic goaltending, not just good
goaltending," he said. "(After a big save), you go out and it
usually builds a little momentum."

Biron believes a lot comes down to luck.

"It's as good as I've felt," he said. "A lot of time it's
circumstances, being in the right time or the right situation."

Belfour -- pulled for the first time all season -- stopped 16
shots before being replaced by Mikael Tellqvist.

Toronto -- 18-41-6 all time in Buffalo -- has not beaten the
Sabres twice in Buffalo in the same season since 1977-78. Toronto
beat the Sabres 3-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 15.

Maple Leafs forward Travis Green said the Sabres aren't the same
team from earlier in the season.

"They're always a hard-working group of guys," Green said.
"Confidence is a funny thing. When you get going and get a few
wins under your belt, it seems like things fall into place a little
easier."

Gratton opened the scoring 13:38 into the game when he tipped in
Henrik Tallinder's shot from the point.

With Toronto down two men and less than a minute left in the
period, Satan took a pass from Tallinder from the opposite point
and fired a shot between Belfour's legs.

Biron is the third goalie to have three straight shutouts this
season. Patrick Lalime and Jean-Sebastien Giguere also did it.

Game notes
Satan has points seven of the last eight games. He has had
four points six times in his career. ... D Wade Belak, F Tom
Fitzgerald, D Jyrki Lumme and Belfour returned to the Toronto
lineup. F Alexander Mogilny missed the game with a back injury. ...
Buffalo forwards Maxim Afinogenov and Hecht returned to the lineup.
Afinogenov had missed the entire season with post-concussion
problems. Hecht missed 20 games with head problems. ... Buffalo has
two sellouts this season, both against Toronto.