Hasek returns, Sabres win

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1999 Playoffs



Maple Leafs

Dominik Hasek and Miroslav Satan returned from injuries and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 to take a two games to one lead in the Eastern Conference final.

"I feel pretty tired today. I didn't do too much the last couple of days," Hasek said. "Yesterday was my first practice so I felt pretty tired after the game. But my groin held up good. The first period I didn't have too much work. Unfortunately, they got a good shot from (Yanic) Perreault. But in the third, even though I was tired, I felt pretty good."

Satan scored a goal in his first game since the first round and Hasek made 24 saves in his first game of the series.

"I had some troubles. It wasn't like I expected it to be," Satan said. "I didn't feel any huge problems skating around the ice. I'm glad it worked out. It was very frustrating being out. After a good regular season, I wanted to prove to myself and everyone else I could be a good offensive player in the playoffs as well."

Toronto had a 1-0 lead on Perreault's first period goal, but Buffalo came back in the second period getting goals from Satan, Joe Juneau and Stu Barnes in a four-minute span.

"It's important anytime you can get guys back in the lineup," Michael Peca said. "The depth is phenomenal right now. We didn't know what to expect."

The Maple Leafs are now under big pressure to win Game 4 and even the series Saturday at Buffalo.

"They were a determined team tonight," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "They struck on that little giveaway, then the short-handed goal and the power-play goal and it was a different game. We didn't pursue as well as we would have liked. In all three games we haven't done what we planned to do. We're not pressuring them and we're not stopping them from getting to the net."

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