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Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 4 (SO)

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 9:46 AM

Brandon Schlager - Digital Media Intern

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Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 4 (SO)
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Buffalo Sabres 5
Three Stars of the Game
Christian Ehrhoff
1st
Christian Ehrhoff
D
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 27:01
Nazem Kadri
2nd
Nazem Kadri
G: 2Shots: 8
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:27
Tyler Ennis
3rd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 24:12

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

GAME RECAP
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.

Overtime
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.

BEHIND THE NUMBERS
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.

ROSTER NOTES
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.

BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
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)

BUFFALO’S RECORD WHEN...
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

SPECIAL TEAMS
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%)

UP NEXT
* 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
08:48
TOR
PPG - Tyler Bozak (9) ASST: Phil Kessel (19), Dion Phaneuf (12)
1 - 0 TOR
10:04
TOR
Nazem Kadri (12) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (12), Clarke MacArthur (9)
2 - 0 TOR
18:54
BUF
Tyler Ennis (9) ASST: Steve Ott (12), Cody Hodgson (13)
2 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
08:52
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (7) ASST: Jake Gardiner (1), Nazem Kadri (20)
3 - 1 TOR
11:39
BUF
Marcus Foligno (4) ASST: Kevin Porter (2), Christian Ehrhoff (11)
3 - 2 TOR
12:24
BUF
Jason Pominville (10) ASST: Cody Hodgson (14)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
00:22
BUF
PPG - Christian Ehrhoff (3) ASST: Cody Hodgson (15), Tyler Ennis (14)
4 - 3 BUF
06:33
TOR
PPG - Nazem Kadri (13) ASST: Cody Franson (16), Phil Kessel (20)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBUFTORTOTAL
1J. Pominville
N. Kadri
0 - 0
2T. Ennis
T. Bozak
0 - 1
3D. Stafford
J. van Riemsdyk
1 - 1
4C. Hodgson
P. Kessel
1 - 1
5V. Leino
M. Grabovski
1 - 1
6S. Ott
C. MacArthur
2 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
02:09
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting against  Patrick Kaleta
02:09
TOR
Colton Orr  Cross checking against  Patrick Kaleta
02:09
TOR
Colton Orr  Instigator against  Patrick Kaleta
02:09
TOR
Colton Orr  Misconduct against  Patrick Kaleta
02:09
TOR
Colton Orr  Game misconduct against  Patrick Kaleta
02:09
BUF
John Scott  Fighting against  Frazer McLaren
02:09
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Fighting against  Colton Orr
02:09
TOR
Frazer McLaren  Fighting against  John Scott
08:32
BUF
Steve Ott  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Dion Phaneuf
16:54
TOR
Mark Fraser  Interference against  Patrick Kaleta
2nd Period
06:42
BUF
Steve Ott  Slashing against  Mikhail Grabovski
11:48
BUF
John Scott  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Phil Kessel
11:48
TOR
Phil Kessel  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  John Scott
13:30
BUF
Tyler Myers  Interference against  Nazem Kadri
19:39
TOR
Clarke MacArthur  Slashing against  Steve Ott
3rd Period
04:57
BUF
Tyler Ennis  Slashing against  Cody Franson
18:43
TOR
Nikolay Kulemin  Hi-sticking against  Tyler Ennis
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
James Reimer
James Reimer
10-4-3
SA: 36TOI: 65:00
Saves: 32EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Ryan Miller
SA: 34TOI: 64:38
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1