TORONTO -- Center Tyler Bozak scored the third and decisive goal in a shootout, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 Wednesday.
Right winger Phil Kessel, left winger Nikolai Kulemin and defenseman Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs in regulation.
Center Cody Hodgson and left wingers Matt Ellis and Matt Moulson scored for the Sabres in regular time.
James Reimer, who started in the Toronto goal for only the second time this month, stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime. Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller made 36 saves.
It was the fifth and final meeting between the teams this season. The Maple Leafs won three of the games.
Buffalo defenseman Brayden McNabb was called for hooking at 2:33 of the overtime, but the Sabres killed the penalty.
All three Maple Leafs shooters, left wingers James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul as well as Bozak, scored in the shootout. Moulson scored on the first Sabres attempt in the shootout, but Reimer stopped Hodgson.
The Maple Leafs led 3-2 after each team scored twice in the second period, but Buffalo tied the game at 0:43 of the third on a power play. Hodgson put in his 10th goal of the season from an extreme angle at the right side of the net. Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf was off for hooking, a penalty that came near the end of the second period.
The Sabres started the second-period scoring to tie the game at 1. Ellis scored his second goal of the season at 3:21 with a shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle after a cross-ice pass from defenseman Tyler Myers.
Buffalo center Zemgus Girgensons was awarded a penalty shot that Reimer stopped at 5:48.
The Sabres took a 2-1 lead when Moulson scored his 15th goal of the season on a wrist shot from 30 feet at 6:34 after a giveaway by defenseman Cody Franson.
The Maple Leafs tied the game at 2 on Kulemin's sixth goal of the season at 7:23. Kulemin scored on a wrist shot from the slot after center Peter Holland followed up a takeaway with an adroit feed.
Rielly scored his second goal of the season from 12 feet on a pass from center Nazem Kadri at 11:22 to put the Maple Leafs ahead 3-2.
The Maple Leafs scored the only goal of the first period. Kessel snapped in his 22nd goal of the season from the inner edge of the right faceoff circle at 9:21 after intercepting defenseman Christian Erhoff's attempt to bank a clearance off the boards.
NOTES: Buffalo D Tyler Myers returned to the lineup for Wednesday's game after serving a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey RW Dainius Zubrus on Jan. 4. ... Sabres RW Drew Stafford (upper body) returned to the lineup after missing four games but LW Marcus Foligno (undisclosed injury) was out and is listed as day to day.. ... Sabres C Cody McCormick (upper body), D Henrik Tallinder (upper body) and C Kevin Porter (lower body) remained out of the lineup. ... Maple Leafs C Dave Bolland (severed ankle tendon), who skated on Wednesday morning, and C Trevor Smith (hand fracture) are still out. ... Leafs RW Colton Orr (flu), who missed Tuesday's 4-3 win at Boston, returned to the lineup.