THE FINAL BUZZER: MARCH 31
Sabres drop 4-3 decision to Maple Leafs in Toronto
Saturday, 03.31.2012 / 10:43 PM ET / News
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
TWITTER RECAP (The game in 140 characters or less)
Toronto goal in final second of the 2nd period proves to be the killer as Sabres lose more ground in playoff chase with 4-3 loss at ACC.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
“It started with the very first (turnover) by Sekera. You end up chasing the game. We tie it up and turn over a puck late in the period again. Six or seven seconds left, and a bad decision by our forward and they end up getting another one that goes in with less than a second.”
“I thought the killer was we let em’ in the game right off the bat. The play by Sekera was the killer. We had the crowd out of it, the shots were five or six to two. The first play your goaltender has to face is a breakaway. We’re shorthanded as it is, then we make big mistakes like that. It’s tough to rebound.”
“That’s not our game plan; that’s not our execution. We didn’t deserve to win.”
[On the goal by Toronto with 0.7 left on the clock in the second:] “We had control of the puck. We didn’t manage the clock very well. I think they were much more aware. We need to be more aware of what’s going on there, and have a little more pressure coming back.”
When you don’t win you’re not satisfied. I think we probably made it too hard on ourselves. We know they’re a good rush team. We handed them some quality rush opportunities. One at the end of a period; and one in a three-on-two that they put away. Sometimes at this time of year it’s not what you get offensively, it’s sometimes what you don’t give up. We gave up too much.”
Sometimes at this time of year it’s not what you get offensively, it’s sometimes what you don’t give up. We gave up too much. - Jason PominvilleBY THE NUMBERS
- Sabres have now lost five straight games in Toronto. Their last win was a 3-2 shootout victory on Nov. 6/10. Buffalo’s last regulation win in Toronto came on Nov. 30/09 (3-0).
- Sabres lose all three games of a season series in Toronto for just the third time in franchise history (1999-00, 1973-74).
- The last 10 games between Buffalo and Toronto have been decided in regulation, making it the longest such streak between two teams since the NHL added overtime in 1983-84.
- Ryan Miller has now started 11 straight games; 21 of the last 22 games; and 31 of Buffalo's last 33.
- Tyler Ennis now has five points (2+3) during a three-game point streak; over his last 23 games, Ennis has 25 points (10+15)
- Jason Pominville extends his point streak to three games with an assist on Ville Leino’s goal
- Drew Stafford now has 16 points (7+9) in his last 10 games, after collecting one assist in his previous five.
- Jordan Leopold is on a two-game point streak (1+1), and now has points in three of his last four games (1+2).
- Leino’s third period goal was his seventh of the season, and first in 14 games (Mar. 3 @ VAN)
- The 77 goals Buffalo has allowed in the second period this season are their most in any period.
- Joey Crabb’s first period goal was the seventh shorthanded goal Buffalo has given up this season; sixth-most in the NHL behind New Jersey’s league-leading 15.
- This was the last game of Buffalo’s league-high 21 sets of back-to back-games. They were 13-8-0 in the first game, and 7-9-5 in the second. The points breakdown is as follows: four (4), three (2), two (10), one (3) and zero (2).
Power Play: 0/3, 8 shots
Penalty Kill: 1/2, 3 shots against
Sabres Real-Time Stats Leaders
Time on Ice- Jordan Leopold, 25:16
Shots- Hodgson/Ennis, 5
Hits- Leopold/McNabb, 4
Faceoffs- Roy, 11/18 (61%), Hodgson 10/16 (63%)
Buffalo’s Record When…
Opponent Scoring First: 13-23-2
Trailing After 1st: 8-17-1
Trailing After 2nd: 3-24-2
Outshooting opponent: 16-11-3
1-0 TOR: Crabb goes top shelf on the shorthanded breakway after Sekera mishandles the puck at Leafs blueline. (9:32, SH)… Shots: TOR-7, BUF-8
1-1: Stafford carries the puck deep into the Toronto zone before feeding Ennis for the one-timer in the slot. (10:59)… 2-1 TOR: Kessel zips out of the corner, spins and fires a shot that beats Miller five hole. (15:17, PP)… 3-1 TOR: The Leafs score on a mad scramble with 0.7 left on the clock. Liles gets credit for it after review. (19:59): … Shots: TOR-14, BUF-15
3-2: Leino cuts to the middle and scores on the backhand, after a little toe drag move in the slot. (6:48)… 4-2 TOR: Matt Frattin puts the Leafs up by two with a wrist shot from the slot while falling to one knee. (10:20)… 4-3: Stafford wastes no time burying the rebound in the slot after Foligno corralled the Ennis rebound. (17:15)… Shots: TOR-8/29, BUF-9/32
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