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Leafs Drop Third Straight Game

Geoff Sanderson got the message.

"Every day the coaches say to shoot more," said Sanderson, who had three goals in Buffalo's 6-3 victory over Toronto on Saturday night.

"The easiest way to get a goal is to get the puck on net. I just shot when I had the chance tonight."

Miroslav Satan, Michael Peca and Alexei Zhitnik also scored for the Sabres, 4-1 winners over the Maple Leafs on Friday night in Buffalo.

"It's much easier to win when we can score four goals at home, then six on the road," Buffalo goalie Dominik Hasek said.

Steve Sullivan, Mike Johnson and Igor Korolev scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have lost three straight to drop to 5-4-1.

"The goals we give up always seem so easy," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "I know our play isn't what it was in early games. It's not a reason to put bullets in the boat yet."

Peca redirected Zhitnik's point shot past Felix Potvin at 17:28 of the second period to give Buffalo a 4-3 lead.

Toronto rallied from a 3-0 deficit against Hasek, the two-time defending NHL MVP, with three goals in a four-minute span midway through the second.

"We didn't give up, we came back, that's a positive sign," Toronto forward Tie Domi said.

Potvin, the subject of trade speculation since Toronto signed Curtis Joseph, was jeered by the Toronto fans.

"It unfortunate the fans got on Felix," Domi said. "This situation is really wearing on him. I wish the fans would think of that."

Toronto was 0-for-5 on the power play, and is 4-for-56 on the season last in the league. Buffalo went 1-for-3.

Quinn said he didn't want to talk about his team's power play.

"We've asked guys to shoot more," he said.

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