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THE AFTERMATH: SABRES 2, LEAFS 1

Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 1:16 AM / THE AFTERMATH
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
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THE AFTERMATH: SABRES 2, LEAFS 1

THREE STARS OF THE NIGHT
Miller
Reimer
Gardiner

TORONTO (AP) - Jason Pominville scored on the power play at 14:42 of the third period Friday and the Buffalo Sabres won their third straight preseason game, 2-1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Maple Leafs killed off four previous penalties before Pominville connected for the Sabres with the man advantage.

With Cody Franson in the penalty box for holding, the puck got caught in some traffic in front. Pominville was in the right place to snap in his second of the preseason past Leafs goalie James Reimer.

With both sides featuring almost full-strength squads, Buffalo dominated the bulk of the early exchanges with the Sabres' opening goal coming at 7:15 of the first.  ...more.

Even if it was a preseason game, Corey Tropp will never forget his first goal in a Sabres uniform. With the puck deep in the Toronto zone, defenseman Keith Aulie’s clearing attempt is picked off just inside the blueline by Matt Ellis who finds Tropp alone in the slot. Tropp turns quickly, makes another quick move and slides the puck between James Reimer’s pads. “Ellie did a great job stepping up,” Tropp explains. “He made a heck of a pass to me in the slot, and I just tried to get it off as quick as I could.”

Miller

Ryan Miller. Turned away 33 Toronto shots to earn the victory, including 14 of the 15 that were sent his way in the second period. Miller’s biggest save of the night came at 12:45 of the third period when he stopped Joffrey Lupul not once, but twice. The second save even drew some applause from the Toronto crowd as he had to reach back to snag Lupul’s shot in the crease. Miller realizes it’s still the preseason, but knows that he can always improve. “For me it’s crucial to stay in the plays and not over commit; and the few times I did over commit  tonight, I got kinda fortunate. I just have to watch for that.”

- Buffalo has started the preseason 3-0 for the first time since 2000. The Sabres won seven straight to open that preseason, and finished 7-0-1.

- Jason Pominville was designated as Buffalo’s captain tonight, while Nathan Gerbe and Jordan Leopold were the assistants.

- Nathan Gerbe talked about the late game scrum that started when Toronto crashed the net with 21 seconds left in the third, and resulted in misconduct penalties to Patrick Kaleta and Clarke MacArthur: “That’s just competitiveness. We want to protect Ryan as much as possible, and when guys get in the paint we’re going to do anything to stop that.”

- Of the 20 players in Buffalo’s lineup tonight: 12 were acquired through the draft; five were free agents; two arrived via trades, and Matt Ellis is the only waiver claim.

- The Sabres were outshot 34-33 on the night, with 29 of those shots coming in the first and third periods. Buffalo was outshot 15-4 in the second period.

- Pominville has now scored in each of Buffalo’s last two games.

- Pominville and Brad Boyes each took a game-high four shots for Buffalo.

That’s just competitiveness. We want to protect Ryan as much as possible, and when guys get in the paint we’re going to do anything to stop that. - Nathan Gerbe


- Christian Ehrhoff assisted on Pominville’s game winner, giving him three points (1+2) in two games.

- Paul Gaustad led both teams with 13 faceoff wins.

- The Sabres are now 137-146-48 all-time in the preseason, and 24-10-2 since the start of 2005-06.

- This was the 64th all-time preseason game between the Sabres and Maple Leafs since 1974. Buffalo holds a 31-27-6 advantage, and they are now 14-8-2 in Toronto.

These same two teams close out their home-and-home series Saturday night at the First Niagara Center at 7 p.m. The game will be preceded by the “Blue & Gold Carpet Walk” beginning at 5 p.m. The Sabres will wrap up their three-game weekend Sunday afternoon in Columbus. Game time is 5 p.m.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82