Toronto 3, Buffalo 2

Thursday, December 22, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 16-15-2-1 8-9-2-1 8-6-0-0 L3
Toronto 17-13-2-2 8-5-2-2 9-8-0-0 W1


Nazem Kadri's goal early in the third period lifted Toronto past the visiting Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Thursday, ending the Maple Leafs' four-game losing skid.

Kadri's first goal of the season put Toronto in front 5:52 into the final frame. Clarke MacArthur dropped a pass just inside the blue line to a trailing Kadri, who whistled a wrist shot into the top left corner past Ryan Miller's glove.

The Maple Leafs held on from there to avenge a 5-4 loss to the Sabres six days earlier.

After a scoreless first period in which the Leafs outshot the Sabres 12-6, it was Buffalo that opened the scoring 11:43 into the second period.

Toronto had just finished killing off the first penalty of a two-man disadvantage when Jason Pominville gathered a pass at the right faceoff circle and fired a shot that deflected off Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn in front and beat netminder James Reimer low.

Toronto finally solved Miller at 15:52. Schenn's point shot was stopped but the puck redirected to Dave Steckel, who outworked a pair of Buffalo players to slide the puck into an open net.

Kessel sent the Air Canada Crowd into hysterics a minute later, jabbing home a Joffrey Lupul pass for his 20th goal of the season.

Derek Roy drew Buffalo drew even 1:29 into the third period, scoring for just the second time in his past 17 games.

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   Toronto
Jason Pominville 2 Points Nazem Kadri 1
Jason Pominville 1 Goals Nazem Kadri 1
Jason Pominville 1 Assists Joey Crabb 1
Jason Pominville 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ryan Miller .903 Save Percentage James Reimer .952
Ryan Miller 28 Saves James Reimer 40

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 42 2 1-6 6-6 14 25
Toronto 31 3 0-6 5-6 14 32

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play its next game on the road against NY Islanders. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .611 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against Washington. The Sabres have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .556 after a loss.
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