Considering how tight the Eastern Conference currently is - only eight points separate sixth from 11th - every win counts. Coincidentally, the sixth-place team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the 11th place team, the Buffalo Sabres, met Tuesday with the Leafs prevailing in a 2-0 win.
Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovksi scored in the first period and Jonas Gustavsson made 32 saves to lead the Leafs to victory. Toronto finished their four-game homestand undefeated, picking up eight crucial points. Grabovski had five points in those four games, while Gustavsson won his fourth straight game and earned his second shutout in three games.
With the win, the Leafs are alone in sixth place in the East. Only the conference-leading New York Rangers are hotter right now with five straight wins.
The Leafs now hit the road for their next game Friday against these same Sabres. When you think about, Buffalo is essentially another home game for Toronto, so perhaps the good vibes will follow the Leafs there.