Series (Game 5 of 8)

Buffalo leads 6-2

Game 1: Friday, November 11th
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Game 2: Thursday, December 29th
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Game 3: Thursday, January 26th
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Game 4: Friday, March 3rd
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Game 5: Thursday, March 16th
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Game 6: Saturday, April 1st
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Game 7: Monday, April 3rd
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Game 8: Sunday, April 16th
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Maple Leafs 1

(30-29-6, 66 pts)

Sabres 3

(44-16-5, 93 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 16, 2006

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

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TOR 0 0 11
BUF 0 1 23

R. Miller (Sabres - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .964

M. Grier (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. Drury (Sabres - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

Toronto (30-28-6) at Buffalo (43-16-5) 7:00 pm EST

Toronto (30-28-6) at Buffalo (43-16-5) 7:00 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Daniel Briere is making a groin injury seem like no problem. The Buffalo Sabres are making the rest of the league seem like no match.

The red-hot Briere aims to lead the Sabres to their eighth straight triumph Thursday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Northeast Division battle.

Briere missed the last 24 games prior to the Olympic break due to a sports hernia injury. However, the 28-year-old has recorded five goals and 11 assists in eight contests since the recess, his latest outstanding performance coming in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Washington.

Briere scored two goals and dished out two assists, including a setup of Ales Kotalik's game-winner with 1:43 to play.

Tim Connolly and Maxim Afinogenov each contributed a goal and an assist and Derek Roy also tallied for the Sabres, who have scored 38 goals during their winning streak.

Buffalo has not won eight straight since April 27-May 23, 1998.

Toronto is enduring a tough season but does have a chance at a three-game winning streak for the first time since December 23-January 2.

The Maple Leafs are coming off Tuesday's 5-4 shootout victory over Boston. Captain Mats Sundin collected two goals and an assist in regulation and Darcy Tucker netted the lone goal of the shootout.

Buffalo is 3-0-1 against Toronto this season.