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Brown gets two goals as Buffalo wins it 4-2

3/7/2003

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs still bring out the
best in the lowly Buffalo Sabres.

Curtis Brown had two goals, and Miroslav Satan extended his
point streak to seven games as the Sabres beat the Maple Leafs 4-2
Thursday night in a scrappy game.

Taylor Pyatt had the other goal for Buffalo, which handed
Toronto its third consecutive defeat. Shayne Corson and Robert Svehla
scored for the Maple Leafs.

''The emotion in the building, it's almost like two home teams
here sometimes,'' said coach Lindy Ruff, whose Sabres have been in
last place much of the season. ''The place is buzzing here right
off the bat.''

Toronto -- without penalty minutes leaders Tie Domi and Darcy
Tucker because of suspensions -- didn't lack for toughness. The pair
was punished following a fight-filled game Tuesday with Ottawa.

Tucker got 42 minutes in penalties -- including two game misconducts -- and a five-game suspension after cross-checking and fighting with
Ottawa's Chris Neil as he sat on the Senators' bench in the third
period.

Domi also got ejected and totaled 29 minutes for attacking
Magnus Arvedson late in the period. Domi got a three-game
suspension.

After Bryan McCabe checked Adam Mair into the boards early in
the first period Thursday, Rob Ray fought Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Less than three minutes later, McCabe and Mair fought, and 31
seconds later Corson and Chris Gratton had a bout. Five seconds
after that, Toronto's Wade Belak and Eric Boulton dropped their gloves.

In the second period, Belak dropped his gloves and punched
Boulton, and both were assessed minors.

''As the game started going on, and the guys started scrapping
and fighting, you really felt the crowd was getting into it and the
building was rocking,'' Sabres goalie Martin Biron said.

Ruff dressed Ray and Boulton on the same night, something that
rarely happens.

''I wanted to make sure I just didn't leave one guy out there
hanging, and I thought the guys just did a great job hanging
together,'' Ruff said. ''(Mair) didn't run someone after the
whistle, he got ran. He took it into his own hands. They're not
going to come into our building and do that.''

Toronto coach Pat Quinn, whose Maple Leafs lost Tuesday at
Ottawa, said he thought Buffalo planned to come out scrappy.

''People don't line up to fight,'' he said. ''It should happen
because it's spontaneous, not because it's planned.''

Quinn said his team keeps losing winnable games.

''We haven't been doing the things you have to do to win,'' he
said.

Satan also had an assist, giving him 10 points in his streak.
Brown has four goals in his last five games and 15 overall.

Brown made it 3-1 on the power play at 4:36 of the third period
when he took a pass from Satan beside the net and beat Ed Belfour
over his left shoulder.

With less than two minutes left, Svehla took a pass from Mats
Sundin and fired it past Biron to close Toronto to a goal.

The Maple Leafs nearly tied it with less than a minute left, but
Biron gloved Gary Roberts' shot. Brown scored into an empty net
with 10 seconds remaining.

''We always know we're in a for a tough game whenever we come to
Buffalo,'' Roberts said. ''They always play hard in this building,
and they wanted to prove something.''

Pyatt gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead late in the second period with
his first goal since Jan. 24 -- also against Toronto.

The Maple Leafs opened the scoring 1:46 into the second period
when Corson redirected Wade Belak's centering pass past Biron for
his seventh goal.

Satan tied it less than three minutes later with his
team-leading 24th goal.

Biron finished with 31 saves. Belfour had 22.

Game notes
Sundin's assist gave him 999 career points. ... Toronto
dressed only 17 skaters despite recalling Ponikarovsky from St.
John's of the AHL. ... Forward Owen Nolan, acquired from San Jose on
Wednesday, is expected to make his Maple Leafs debut on Saturday. ...
Buffalo has not lost two home games to Toronto in the same season
since 1977-78. ... Buffalo scratched defenseman James Patrick (back spasms)
and forward Jason Botterill (healthy). ... Toronto scratched defenseman Jyrki
Lumme.