Roy scores in each period for first career hat trick

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Derek Roy was happy that his first NHL hat
trick came in an important victory for the Buffalo Sabres.

Roy had a goal in each period, and Ryan Miller had 21 saves to
lift the Sabres to a 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday

Roy began the memorable night with a power-play goal in the
first period, notched a 4-on-4 tally in the second, and had another
power-play goal with 3.5 seconds left.

"It feels great, but the team needed this win," said Roy, who
tipped defenseman Brian Campbell's slap shot from the point past
Mikael Tellqvist for his third goal of the game. "It was a big win
for us."

Roy has a career-high 10 goals this season, eclipsing the nine
he scored in 49 games in 2003-04.

"He's been a main cog for us," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.
"When he's on the ice he makes things happen. He keeps getting
better, and we need him to get better."

The Sabres snapped a two-game losing streak, and rebounded from
a sluggish 4-2 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.

"It was a great way to bounce back," Roy said. "Whenever you
lose like that, and then play two days later, it stays in your
mind. So we wanted to get out there and get a win."

Chris Drury, Daniel Briere, and Thomas Vanek also scored for the
Sabres, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Maxim Afinogenov had
three assists for Buffalo, which raised Pat LaFontaine's No. 16
jersey to the rafters in a pregame ceremony.

The Sabres moved within four points of idle Ottawa for the
Northeast Division lead.

"Guys are definitely hungry to keep pushing forward," Miller
said. "We just want to make our game consistent so we know we have
it every night."

The Sabres led 2-1 but were on their heels 6 minutes into the
second period. The momentum swung back in their direction when
Miller made three consecutive saves in a frantic flurry around the
Buffalo net. When the whistle finally blew, eight players were
jammed in the slot area, with Buffalo's Mike Grier and Toronto's
Eric Lindros in the crease next to Miller, who was sprawled and
without a stick.

"The puck was just bouncing around and rattling around in
there," Miller said. "I tried to reach for it but it bounced back
in the slot. We were really scrambling there."

The Sabres took over from there, and Briere made it 3-1 with
7:45 left in the second period with his 15th goal.

Roy gave Buffalo a three-goal lead with 22 seconds left in the
middle period, converting Afinogenov's pass on a 2-on-1.

Miller also made sparkling saves on Mats Sundin and Bryan McCabe
midway through the third while the Maple Leafs were on a power

"It seems like every time Ryan makes big saves we respond,"
Roy said.

Alexei Ponikarovsky and Alex Steen scored for the Maple Leafs,
who lost their fourth straight. Toronto is 2-9-1 on the road since
Jan. 1.

"When things aren't going good, you don't get the bounces,"
McCabe said. "Things aren't going great right now, and we have to
tough it out."

Roy opened the scoring nearly 5 minutes in with his eighth goal
but Ponikarovsky tied it with 7:12 left in the first with his 16th.

Drury pushed Buffalo's lead to 2-1 with his 19th just over a
minute later.

Steen scored his 14th to make it 4-2 with 13:16 left in the

Vanek and Roy capped the scoring with consecutive goals with
just under 3 minutes left.

Tellqvist made 26 saves for Toronto. He made his first start
since an overtime loss to Montreal on Jan. 28.

"Too many times we were trying to make the great plays instead
of the simple ones that are more effective," Toronto coach Pat
Quinn said.

Game notes
Toronto forward Tie Domi played in his 1,000th NHL game. He
will be honored before the Maple Leafs game against Ottawa on
Saturday. ... Afinogenov extended his point streak to six games,
and has 10 points during the stretch. ... Roy has five goals in six
games. ... The Sabres have beaten Toronto in 13 of 20 games played
in Buffalo since 1996.