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In addition to Hodgson, Matt Ellis and Matt Moulson also scored for the Sabres. Moulson’s goal at 6:34 of the second wasn’t reviewed, though it took several replay angles to show it clearly went in the net.

Just before that, Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons had a quality chance on a second-period penalty shot, which Reimer stopped in what turned out to be practice for the shootout.

Not that Reimer needed it, as he improved to 4-0 in the shootout this season.

“Personally I’m not a huge fan of shootouts,” Reimer said. “It’s something I try to practice most days as much as I can. Shootouts are important points, and they’re huge come the end of the year. Obviously regulation wins are most important, but those points are priceless.”

While the Leafs have taken what they’ve earned in shootouts, Miller and the Sabres were left to wonder about a point lost.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t very good in the shootout,” Miller said. “That’s the difference.”

Being so good in the shootout has made a major difference in the Leafs‘ fortunes this season.

“When you win them it’s a positive, when you lose them it’s a negative,” Carlyle said. “That’s the bottom line. That’s what you play the game to gain points and to win, and a shootout gives you a win.”

NOTES: Enforcer Colton Orr returned to Toronto’s lineup after missing Tuesday’s game in Boston with the flu, which has affected several players. Frazer McLaren was scratched to make room for Orr. … Sabres forward Matt D’Agostini left the game early in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return. D’Agostini skated just three shifts for 2:19, and Nolan said he expects him to be out for “a little while.” … This was the fifth and final meeting between the Leafs and Sabres this season.