Carrick scores again, Leafs top Sabres to avoid elimination

Published Mar. 19, 2016 11:20 p.m. ET

TORONTO (AP) Connor Carrick scored his second goal in a week after ending a long drought and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Saturday night to win their fourth in six games and avoid elimination from the playoffs.

Before scoring in Toronto's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, Carrick hadn't scored since Oct. 13, 2013.

William Nylander, Martin Marincin and Milan Michalek also scored for the Leafs. Brian Gionta had the Sabres' only goal.

Garret Sparks made 20 saves for Toronto, while Chad Johnson stopped 27 of 31 shots for Buffalo.

Carrick scored the go-ahead goal less than 7 minutes into the third period when he stepped into a shot from the point to beat Johnson. Marincin added an insurance marker a short while later, his first goal as a Leaf and first in 62 games, and Michalek chipped in with a goal 1:14 after Marincin.