Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 4 (SO)

Brandon Schlager  - Digital Media Intern | Friday, 03.22.2013 / 9:46 AM

Buffalo 5 - Toronto 4 (SO)
Thursday, March 21, 2013
First Niagara Center

The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs visited First Niagara Center, the Buffalo Sabres saw a key win slip through their fingers seconds away from forcing a shootout.

Maple Leafs fans exited to a different tune Thursday night when Steve Ott’s goal in the sixth round of the shootout silenced the Toronto faithful inside a mixed arena as the Sabres escaped with a 5-4 victory over their Northeast rivals.

The Sabres overcame an early deficit and countless momentum shifts in the concluding game of the season series against Toronto. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Christian Ehrhoff assisted on Buffalo’s first two goals and scored one of his own in the third period to give the Sabres their first lead and his third multi-point game this season.

Tyler Ennis had a goal and an assist and Cody Hodgson tallied two assists. Jason Pominville ended his eight-game scoring drought with his goal midway through the second period and Marcus Foligno also scored. Only Tyler Bozak could solve Ryan Miller in the shootout after the goalie made 30 saves in regulation.

Buffalo outshot Toronto 36-34 and improves to 4-2 on the year in shootouts.

1st Period
Toronto scored twice off its first three shots of the game. Tyler Bozak tallied first at the 11:12 mark on the power play and Nazem Kadri made it 2-0 just over a minute later. The Sabres would get on the board with 18:54 gone when Steve Ott found Tyler Ennis open outside the crease from behind the Toronto net. Ennis beat James Reimer five-hole with one second left on the Sabres’ power play for his ninth goal of the season. The teams combined for 48 penalty minutes, 29 of which came via Colton Orr.

2nd Period
Toronto upped its lead to 3-1 with 8:32 gone but Marcus Foligno brought the Sabres back to within one again just over three minutes later. After slipping on a breakaway opportunity, Foligno recovered and six seconds later flicked a rebound over a flailing Reimer for his fourth goal this season. Jason Pominville then tied the game when Cody Hodgson found him open in the slot where Pominville’s wrist shot beat Reimer glove side.

3rd Period
The Sabres wasted little time in the final period to take their first lead of the game. Just 22 seconds in and on the power play, Christian Ehrhoff blasted a slapshot through a screen by Reimer stick side for his third point on the night. The Leafs evened things up again at the 13:27 mark on a power-play goal by Kadri, his second of the game.

Toronto won the shot battle 4-2 but neither team found the net in the extra period. In the shootout, Drew Stafford and Ott each found the net while Bozak scored for the Leafs. Miller stopped former Sabre Clarke MacArthur to seal the win.

Buffalo has points in four straight home games (3-0-1) ... Colton Orr’s 29 penalty minutes are the most for a Sabres opponent since Jan. 18, 2008 when Eric Boulton also had 29 for Atlanta … Marcus Foligno has six points (1+5) in six career games against Toronto … With his goal, Pominville leads all active Sabres with 48 points (18+30) in 50 games against the Maple Leafs … Buffalo has recorded a power-play goal in three straight games for the first time this season … The Sabres are 6-5-2 against Northeast Division opponents this season … This was the 188th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo leads the series with a 104-61-23 record. The Sabres are 62-25-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

Thomas Vanek
sat out his fourth game this season after he was hit by a Christian Ehrhoff slapshot during Tuesday’s game against Montreal … Andrej Sekera (upper body) was inactive for the third straight game … Nathan Gerbe was Buffalo’s only healthy scratch.

Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 27:01
Shots: Cody Hodgson/Tyler Ennis, 4
Blocked Shots: Kevin Porter, 2
Hits: Steve Ott/Marcus Foligno, 5
Faceoffs Wins: Hodgson, 6 (6-5)
Total Faceoffs: Ott, 15 (4-11)

Opponent scores first: 4-11-1
Trailing after the first period: 1-7-0
Tied after the second period: 6-4-0
Game ends in a shootout: 4-2

Power Play
Tonight: 1/5
Overall: 14/113 (12.4%)
Home: 8/57 (14%)

Penalty Kill
Tonight: 2/4
Overall: 95/122 (77.9%)
Home: 34/46 (73.9%)

* Saturday at Montreal, 7 p.m.
* Tuesday at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
* Thursday at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:48TOR PPG - Tyler Bozak (9) ASST: Phil Kessel (19), Dion Phaneuf (12) 1 - 0 TOR
10:04TOR Nazem Kadri (12) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (12), Clarke MacArthur (9) 2 - 0 TOR
18:54BUF Tyler Ennis (9) ASST: Steve Ott (12), Cody Hodgson (13) 2 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
08:52TOR Mikhail Grabovski (7) ASST: Jake Gardiner (1), Nazem Kadri (20) 3 - 1 TOR
11:39BUF Marcus Foligno (4) ASST: Kevin Porter (2), Christian Ehrhoff (11) 3 - 2 TOR
12:24BUF Jason Pominville (10) ASST: Cody Hodgson (14) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
00:22BUF PPG - Christian Ehrhoff (3) ASST: Cody Hodgson (15), Tyler Ennis (14) 4 - 3 BUF
06:33TOR PPG - Nazem Kadri (13) ASST: Cody Franson (16), Phil Kessel (20) 4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
1BUFJason Pominville - Save
2TORNazem Kadri - Save
3BUFTyler Ennis - Save
4TORTyler Bozak - Goal
5BUFDrew Stafford - Goal
6TORJames van Riemsdyk - Save
7BUFCody Hodgson - Save
8TORPhil Kessel - Save
9BUFVille Leino - Save
10TORMikhail Grabovski - Missed
11BUFSteve Ott - Goal
12TORClarke MacArthur - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDBuffalo SabresToronto Maple Leafs
1Jason PominvilleNazem Kadri
2Tyler EnnisTyler Bozak
3Drew StaffordJames van Riemsdyk
4Cody HodgsonPhil Kessel
5Ville LeinoMikhail Grabovski
6Steve OttClarke MacArthur
Three Stars of the Game
Christian Ehrhoff
Christian Ehrhoff
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 27:01
Nazem Kadri
Nazem Kadri
G: 2Shots: 8
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:27
Tyler Ennis
Tyler Ennis
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 24:12
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:09TOR Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Kaleta
02:09TOR Colton Orr  Cross checking against  Patrick Kaleta
02:09TOR Colton Orr  Instigator against  Patrick Kaleta
02:09TOR Colton Orr  Misconduct (10 min) against  Patrick Kaleta
02:09TOR Colton Orr  Game misconduct against  Patrick Kaleta
02:09BUF John Scott  Fighting (maj) against  Frazer McLaren
02:09BUF Patrick Kaleta  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
02:09TOR Frazer McLaren  Fighting (maj) against  John Scott
08:32BUF Steve Ott  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Dion Phaneuf
16:54TOR Mark Fraser  Interference against  Patrick Kaleta
2nd Period
06:42BUF Steve Ott  Slashing against  Mikhail Grabovski
11:48BUF John Scott  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Phil Kessel
11:48TOR Phil Kessel  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  John Scott
13:30BUF Tyler Myers  Interference against  Nazem Kadri
19:39TOR Clarke MacArthur  Slashing against  Steve Ott
3rd Period
04:57BUF Tyler Ennis  Slashing against  Cody Franson
18:43TOR Nikolay Kulemin  Hi-sticking against  Tyler Ennis
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/41/5
Faceoff Wins3726
Blocked Shots168
Penalty Minutes4220
3D. PhaneufD01-12026:36
4C. FransonD01-22021:30
11J. McClementC00-13020:03
16C. MacArthurL0110219:51
21J. van RiemsdykL00-13017:37
24J. LilesD0000019:21
28C. OrrR0000290:02
36C. GunnarssonD00-10020:16
38F. McLarenL000053:49
39M. FrattinR0003016:04
41N. KuleminL01-10217:28
42T. BozakC10-16019:03
43N. KadriC2118021:27
45M. FraserD00-10217:47
47L. KomarovC000004:42
51J. GardinerD0121024:16
81P. KesselR0203219:27
84M. GrabovskiC1013017:03
34J. Reimer3236.88965:00
3J. LeopoldD00-13021:54
6M. WeberD0002018:02
9S. OttC0103423:00
10C. EhrhoffD1133027:01
12K. PorterC0111014:52
19C. HodgsonC0324023:16
21D. StaffordR00-22016:35
23V. LeinoL00-22019:46
24R. RegehrD00-10018:15
29J. PominvilleR1022024:06
32J. ScottL000073:31
36P. KaletaR000255:53
53M. PysykD00-11016:49
55J. HechtC000307:08
57T. MyersD0012220:24
63T. EnnisC1104224:12
65B. FlynnC0011015:22
82M. FolignoL1011012:29
30R. Miller3034.88264:38