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Late collapse dooms Leafs

Mats Sundin was at a loss for words after his team's playoff hopes dimmed because of the resilient Buffalo Sabres.

Drew Stafford broke a third-period tie, Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist, and the Sabres erased a three-goal, third-period deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-4, last night in Buffalo.

Toronto failed to move up in the Eastern Conference race and remains in 11th place, 2 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

"Wow, what do you say," Sundin said after Buffalo's second win this season when down three goals in the final period. "That's a heartbreaker to lose a game like that."

The comeback was Buffalo's ninth this season when trailing by two or more goals.

The win gave Buffalo 103 points, breaking a tie with Nashville for the top spot in the league.

Oilers 4, Avalanche 3 -- Marty Reasoner had the lone goal in the shootout and host Edmonton snapped a 12-game winless streak, its first victory in a month.

It was also the first win for the Oilers since they sent forward Ryan Smyth to the Islanders at the trade deadline.

Ducks 3, Stars 2 -- Scott Niedermayer scored with 2:32 remaining in overtime to help host Anaheim clinch a playoff spot. With the win, the Ducks also set club records for wins (44) and points (100).

Kings 2, Blackhawks 1 -- Mike Weaver's power-play goal with 3:29 left in the third period snapped a tie and lifted visiting Los Angeles.