A strong third period sends the Sabres past the Leafs, 5-2

February 16, 2020 - 7:08 pm

Right from the faceoff, the Sabres were all over the Leafs, and they didn't really let up for most of the night.

The Sabres caught the Maple Leafs on the second half of a back-to-back and took advantage of a team that looked tired from playing the night before.

Buffalo threw 16 shots Frederik Andersen's way and to his credit, he stopped them all. His counterpart, Carter Hutton, kept six pucks out in the first period, and that's how things ended up after 1.

In the second period, the Sabres found a way through Andersen. Dahlin carried the puck in and nearly got pinned against the boards, but his pass found Colin Miller who fired a shot from the point that missed, but the rebound bounced right on to Johan Larsson's stick and he banged in his sixth of the year to 1:32 into the second period.

Midway through the second, the Sabres added to their lead. Another Colin Miller shot found its way through traffic and tipped off Conor Sheary's stick to give the Sabres a two-goal lead.

A couple minutes later, the Leafs finally answered and put a dent in the Sabres two-goal lead as Egor Korshkov found his way onto the scoresheet for the first time in his NHL career, taking advantage of a bad yet rare Henri Jokiharju giveaway that directly lead to Korshkov's golden chance in front.

At the beginning of the third, the Sabres of old made a minor appearance, allowing the Leafs to take control of play early. Zach Hyman redirected a shot from Jake Muzzin to tie the score in Buffalo.

About 3 minutes later, the Sabres went on the power play and they never looked back.

Jack Eichel simply took control, as he saw an opening and fired a wrist shot by Andersen and that's when the floodgates opened. Eichel politely motioned a couple of Leafs fans to sit down after celebrating his goal. If that directive wasn't followed at that time, it probably was a couple of minutes later. Kyle Okposo took advantage of a bad giveaway by the Leafs and finessed his way for a goal to double the lead. Later in the period, Rasmus Ristolainen took advantage of another bad play in the Leafs defensive zone and found a wide-open Jimmy Vesey for the tap-in to make things 5-2 in favor of Buffalo.

The Sabres were able to close it out after that outburst in which they scored three goals in 1:31 - the first time they've scored that many goals in that span or less since April 3, 1998 in a 5-4 win vs. Boston where Brian Holzinger, Matthew Barnaby and Vaclav Varada all scored within a span of 1:08.

GAME SUMMARY

Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
TOR: NONE

Second Period:

BUF: 1:32 - Johan Larsson (6) (Colin Miller, Rasmus Dahlin); 9:42 - Conor Sheary (9) (Colin Miller, Evan Rodrigues)
TOR: 11:29 - Egor Korshkov (1) (Jason Spezza, Kyle Clifford)

Third Period:

BUF: 6:06 - Jack Eichel (33) PPG (Victor Olofsson, Rasmus Ristolainen); 6:55 - Kyle Okposo (6) (Johan Larsson); 7:37 - Jimmy Vesey (9) (Rasmus Ristolainen)
TOR: 2:11 - Zach Hyman (18) (Jake Muzzin, Mitch Marner)

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
TOR: NONE

Second Period:

BUF: NONE
TOR: 13:29 - Travis Dermott (Hooking - 2 min.); 18:37 - Jake Muzzin (Tripping - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 16:42 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Roughing - 2 min.)
TOR: 5:12 - Jake Muzzin (Tripping - 2 min.)

Strategic Financial Solutions Complete Stats Of The Game

Strategic Financial Solutions Stats of the Game:

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 36 (16, 12, 8)
TOR: 22 (6, 6, 10)

Goalies:

BUF: Carter Hutton - 20 saves
TOR: Frederik Andersen - 31 saves


Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 3 (33.3%)
TOR: 0 for 1 (0%)


Three Stars presented by Losi and Gangi:

  1. Jimmy Vesey - BUF
  2. Rasmus Ristolainen - BUF
  3. Kyle Okposo - BUF


What's Next:

The Sabres will try to extend their three-game win streak as they travel to the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, Ontario to take on the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. Mike Schopp and the Bulldog will take you through the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show starting at 6:30 p.m. with faceoff coming just after 7:30 p.m. on WGR.

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