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SABRES FALL IN ONE-GOAL, 15-ROUND SHOOTOUT

Chris Ryndak  - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

BUFFALO – It was the shootout that wouldn’t end.

The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs went through 29 shooters combined before Jay McClement scored in the bottom of the 15th round to give Toronto a 3-2 preseason win Saturday night at First Niagara Center.

The shootout was the longest in Sabres history, including both preseason and regular season games. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it tied the NHL regular-season record set on Nov. 26, 2005 by the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. Preseason shootouts are not included in their records.

Jhonas Enroth made 32 saves for the Sabres while Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer stopped 38. And those didn’t include the shootout attempts.

Mark Pysyk and Marcus Foligno scored in regulation for Buffalo. Jamie Devane and McClement were credited with the Leafs goals, which were both scored in the third period.

“I thought we played well. We had a couple mistakes there in the third to give up the lead, but overall I thought we played well,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said.

Enroth and Rolston both recalled that they had previously experienced a long shootout when they were with the Rochester Americans in 2011-12. Rolston said that skills competition lasted 17 shooters, leaving only one player available to shoot for the Amerks.

The Sabres elected to shoot first against Toronto, so as shooter after shooter failed to score, the burden on Enroth to continue stopping pucks increased. Enroth, however, didn’t seem fazed.

“I felt pretty relaxed in the shootout, so it was a good feeling,” he said.

In the bottom of the 10th round, Paul Ranger attempted a trick shot that appeared to have him simultaneously shooting and kicking the puck. After the failed attempt, Enroth gave him a slap on the backside with his stick.

Initially, Enroth thought Ranger was trying to make him look bad, but cooled on that feeling by the time he stepped into the dressing room.

“I didn’t really like it. I felt like he was trying to embarrass me maybe, but it’s good to see, I guess, [a player] trying to be creative too. So when I think about it now, it’s fine,” Enroth said.

Rolston said that Sabres left wing Zemgus GIrgensons did not go out for the shootout because of a hand injury that is being evaluated.

The game was the first of a home-and-home series between the two teams.

To open the scoring, Pysyk and right wing Drew Stafford connected on a give-and-go on the rush over the Maple Leafs line. Pysyk gave the puck to Stafford and continued his stride in on goal as Stafford hit him with a pass. Pysyk skated in and wristed a shot high over Reimer to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead with 9:40 remaining in the second.

Rolston said that Pysyk has been building on the end of the 2012-13 season, when he made his NHL debut, playing 19 games for the Sabres. Jumping into the play is a part of his game that Rolston said is continually developing.

“He has that ability. Right at the end [of last season], he was showing it a little bit, but I think the more comfortable he gets, he’ll be able to jump in those holes,” Rolston said. “He’s a smart player offensively. I think he’ll be able to help us there.”

Pysyk’s goal was the team’s League-leading eighth of the preseason scored by rookies.

On Buffalo’s second goal with 7:34 left in the second, Pysyk once again started the play by banking the puck up the boards and up to Tyler Ennis, who then fed Foligno a cross-ice pass. Foligno reached to accept it and then threw it on goal, beating Reimer between the legs.

“I was just getting it out of the zone. I was just trying to make a strong play and get it across the blue line,” Pysyk said. “Obviously it was lucky how it turned out.”

Toronto got within one goal with 10:07 to go in regulation. A shot from the left point by Mark Fraser deflected off Josh Leivo and to Devane, who was parked to the left of Enroth. He lifted a backhand into a gaping net to make it 2-1.

They tied it with 4:37 left when Ashton redirected an effort toward the goal from McClement. McClement. Carter Ashton had beelined to the crease down the left slot but the puck went off a Sabres defenseman and into the net.

“The last 10 minutes, [we had] some neutral zone breakdowns that kind of cost us and left Jhonas out a little bit,” Sabres left wing Steve Ott said. “…But all in all, Jhonas was very solid. I liked our attempts at the net. I think we had 40-something shots on goal. I think we can take a lot of positives from that game.”

Among the many chances both teams had to pick up the winning goal in overtime, including a power play opportunity by Toronto. Perhaps the best chance came when Sabres defenseman skated in on a breakaway with under five seconds to play. Reimer made a left pad save as the horn sounded to signal the end of overtime period.

Players and fans alike were quickly reacquainted to the Sabres-Maple Leafs rivalry. With 6:54 left to play in the first period, Cody McCormick and David Broll traded haymakers in a fight that ended in front of the Sabres bench. Ott and Carter Ashton exchanged pleasantries 3:35 later and served five minutes each for fighting.

Then with 2:07 to play in regulation, Patrick Kaleta and Troy Bodie dropped the gloves for the third fight of the night.

Christian Ehrhoff served as the Sabres’ captain for the game. Ott and Stafford served as alternates. Rolston said he’ll rotate the captaincy throughout the preseason before settling on a permanent captain.

Puck drop between the Sabres and Maple Leafs is set for 7 p.m. at Air Canada Centre.

1st2nd3rdOTsoT
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Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
10:20BUF Mark Pysyk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew Stafford (1) 1 - 0 BUF
12:26BUF Marcus Foligno (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Tyler Ennis (1), Mark Pysyk (1) 2 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
09:53TOR Jamie Devane (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Leivo (1), Mark Fraser (1) 2 - 1 BUF
15:23TOR Jay McClement (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Carter Ashton (1), Nikolay Kulemin (1) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1BUFTyler Ennis - Save
2TORMason Raymond - Save
3BUFMikhail Grigorenko - Save
4TORTyler Bozak - Save
5BUFDrew Stafford - Save
6TORNikolay Kulemin - Save
7BUFVille Leino - Save
8TORPhil Kessel - Save
9BUFMarcus Foligno - Missed
10TORJosh Leivo - Save
11BUFBrian Flynn - Save
12TORJake Gardiner - Save
13BUFSteve Ott - Save
14TORTrevor Smith - Save
15BUFJamie McBain - Save
16TORJoe Colborne - Save
17BUFMark Pysyk - Save
18TORStuart Percy - Save
19BUFKevin Porter - Save
20TORPaul Ranger - Save
21BUFPatrick Kaleta - Save
22TORDion Phaneuf - Save
23BUFChristian Ehrhoff - Missed
24TORDavid Broll - Missed
25BUFRasmus Ristolainen - Missed
26TORCarter Ashton - Save
27BUFCody McCormick - Save
28TORCarl Gunnarsson - Missed
29BUFAlexander Sulzer - Save
30TORJay McClement - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDBuffalo SabresToronto Maple Leafs
1Tyler EnnisMason Raymond
2Mikhail GrigorenkoTyler Bozak
3Drew StaffordNikolay Kulemin
4Ville LeinoPhil Kessel
5Marcus FolignoJosh Leivo
6Brian FlynnJake Gardiner
7Steve OttTrevor Smith
8Jamie McBainJoe Colborne
9Mark PysykStuart Percy
10Kevin PorterPaul Ranger
11Patrick KaletaDion Phaneuf
12Christian EhrhoffDavid Broll
13Rasmus RistolainenCarter Ashton
14Cody McCormickCarl Gunnarsson
15Alexander SulzerJay McClement
Three Stars of the Game
Mark Pysyk
1st
Mark Pysyk
D
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:59
James Reimer
2nd
James Reimer
SA: 40TOI: 64:19
GA: 2
PIM: 0
SV%: .950
Jhonas Enroth
3rd
Jhonas Enroth
G
SA: 34TOI: 64:32
GA: 2
PIM: 0
SV%: .941
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:25BUF Steve Ott  Tripping  - 2 min against  Paul Ranger
06:17TOR Jamie Devane  Roughing  - 2 min against  Patrick Kaleta
13:06BUF Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  David Broll
13:06TOR David Broll  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Cody McCormick
13:06BUF Cody McCormick  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  David Broll
13:06TOR David Broll  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Cody McCormick
15:41BUF Steve Ott  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Carter Ashton
15:41TOR Carter Ashton  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Steve Ott
2nd Period
01:49TOR Joe Colborne  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Zemgus Girgensons
07:04BUF Mike Weber  Holding  - 2 min against  Phil Kessel
13:12TOR Troy Bodie  Boarding  - 2 min against  Alexander Sulzer
16:51TOR Jamie Devane  Illegal Check To Head  - 2 min against  Patrick Kaleta
19:48TOR Jake Gardiner  Tripping  - 2 min against  Brian Flynn
3rd Period
02:21BUF Brian Flynn  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jake Gardiner
17:54BUF Patrick Kaleta  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Troy Bodie
17:54TOR Troy Bodie  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Patrick Kaleta
OT Period
00:25BUF Mike Weber  Roughing  - 2 min against  Dion Phaneuf
00:25TOR Dion Phaneuf  Roughing  - 2 min against  Mike Weber
01:38BUF Zemgus Girgensons  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
shots by period
PeriodTORBUF
1st1017
2nd1112
3rd108
OT33
Total3440
Team Stats
CategoryTORBUF
Power Plays0/40/5
Hits1821
Faceoff Wins4425
Giveaways47
Takeaways29
Blocked Shots1216
Penalty Minutes2927
  • TORONTO
  • BUFFALO
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. FraserD0110018:17
3D. PhaneufD0012223:46
11J. McClementC1011015:05
12M. RaymondL00-14021:32
15P. RangerD0007022:00
22J. ColborneC00-12215:48
23T. SmithC001009:58
32J. LeivoL0111012:10
36C. GunnarssonD0001019:02
37C. AshtonR0100513:01
40T. BodieR00-12712:22
41N. KuleminL0110014:37
42T. BozakC00-14023:20
46D. BrollL0003711:56
50S. PercyD00-11021:47
51J. GardinerD00-10221:33
59J. DevaneL101147:48
81P. KesselR00-15022:47
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
34J. Reimer3840.95064:19
35D. MacIntyre00.0000:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3M. PysykD1113021:59
4J. McBainD00-10027:02
6M. WeberD0002417:51
8C. McCormickC000178:26
9S. OttC00-12718:52
10C. EhrhoffD0001024:17
12K. PorterC0004016:04
21D. StaffordR0116020:43
23V. LeinoL00-13018:49
25M. GrigorenkoC00-12017:47
28Z. GirgensonsC0006016:23
36P. KaletaR000059:57
37M. EllisL000107:35
52A. SulzerD0000017:31
55R. RistolainenD0002021:04
63T. EnnisC0112016:06
65B. FlynnC0003213:31
82M. FolignoL1012015:37
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1J. Enroth3234.94164:32
31M. Hackett00.0000:00