Buffalo 5, Toronto 4

Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 16-12-0-3 7-6-0-2 9-6-0-1 L1
Buffalo 12-15-2-2 6-6-2-0 6-9-0-2 W2

Recap


Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 4 (SO):
Steve Ott sent a backhand shot past the left skate of James Reimer to complete a comeback and lift Buffalo past visiting Toronto.

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff recorded a goal and two assists, Tyler Ennis had one of each and Marcus Foligno and captain Jason Pominville each added a tally for the Sabres, who snapped a franchise-record 15-game streak of scoring three regulation goals or fewer. Ryan Miller turned aside 30 shots over 65 minutes and stopped former Sabre Clarke MacArthur’s attempt in the sixth round of the shootout to clinch the win.

Nazem Kadri collected two goals and an assist while Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski each tallied as the Maple Leafs fell for the sixth time in the last seven games (1-3-3). Reimer made 32 saves for Toronto.

The Maple Leafs jumped on top early with Bozak’s power-play wrist shot from the slot at 8:48 and made it 2-0 when Kadri deflected a sharp pass from Nikolai Kulemin past Miller’s right skate while short-handed 76 seconds later. Buffalo got on the board with one second left on a power play with 1:06 left in the first, when Ennis sent the puck between Reimer’s pads.

Grabovski deflected defenseman Jake Gardiner’s shot from the point past Miller for another short-handed goal by Toronto at 8:52 of the second, but Foligno scored from the doorstep to cut the deficit to 3-2 just under three minutes later. Pominville forged a tie with a wrist shot from the slot 45 seconds afterward and Ehrhoff gave Buffalo its first lead on the power play 22 seconds into the third, but Kadri scored on another deflection at 6:33 to knot it again.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Toronto RW Colton Orr went after Buffalo RW Patrick Kaleta during a scrum at 2:09 of the first period and received 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. ... The Maple Leafs were without RW Joffrey Lupul, who was suspended two games by the NHL for a hit to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning D Victor Hedman. … C Cody Hodgson recorded a pair of assists for the Sabres.

Top Game Performances

Toronto   Buffalo
Nazem Kadri 3 Points Cody Hodgson 3
Nazem Kadri 2 Goals Christian Ehrhoff 1
Phil Kessel 2 Assists Cody Hodgson 3
Nazem Kadri 1 Power Play Goals Christian Ehrhoff 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
James Reimer .889 Save Percentage Ryan Miller .882
James Reimer 32 Saves Ryan Miller 30

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 34 4 2-4 4-5 42 37
Buffalo 36 5 1-5 2-4 20 26

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against Buffalo . The Sabres have a W/L % of .455 after a win and .316 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Boston . The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .571 after a loss.