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Sabres streak stopped at 2, 4-2 in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) - James van Riemsdyk scored twice and Nikolai Kulemin got the winner and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing skid with a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
The Maple Leafs placed newly acquired center Peter Holland on their top line between Phil Kessel and van Riemsdyk, which allowed van Riemsdyk to move back to his natural position at left wing. He looked comfortable back on the left side, scoring his eighth and ninth goals of the season in the first period.
At 5:45, van Riemsdyk re-directed a Cody Franson point shot to open the scoring. Then at 13:35, on a power play, van Riemsdyk re-directed another Franson shot to give Toronto a 2-0 lead.
Van Riemsdyk had been pointless in his previous five games, four of those at center.
Kulemin made it 3-0 at 11:49 of the second period on just his third shot on goal of the season. Mason Raymond also scored for the Leafs.
James Reimer made 33 saves to move to 5-2-0 on the season. Jonas Enroth made 18 saves for Buffalo.