Overreactions: Sabres win in overtime, beating Leafs still super fun

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Don’t know what it is about Toronto, but I don’t think anyone cares.

The Buffalo Sabres moved to 13-1-1 in their last 15 visits from the Maple Leafs as Christian Ehrhoff scored 38 seconds into sudden death to give the home team a 3-2 overtime victory in front of throngs of visiting fans.

With a late penalty to Toronto’s Paul Ranger expiring, Ville Leino won an offensive zone faceoff and the puck was worked back to Ehrhoff at the top of the slot. Not long after, the puck was behind Leafs goalie James Reimer and Buffalo had their sixth win in 27 league games.

“I didn’t have the time to do a big wind-up there,” said Ehrhoff “I saw the opening between the legs and I put one through there.”

Matt Moulson and Luke Adam scored for Buffalo, who twice came back from one-goal deficits in the second period.

Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin scored for Toronto, who got 26 saves from Reimer.

“It’s good to see the guys get rewarded for doing the right things,” said Ryan Miller, who finished with 22 saves in the win.

  • Leino, who is a frequent target of derision, was fantastic tonight. Drew the penalty late in regulation and made the key play on both the opening goal and the overtime winner. Really, really good game from him.
  • Two of Buffalo’s three regulation-and-overtime wins (ROW) have come in the two visits from the Maple Leafs.
  • Matt D’Agostini gets the nice +1 on his stat line in his Sabres debut, as he set the screen on Reimer for the game winner. He was good, made some nice plays in the offensive zone and wasn’t a liability at all. Of course, since he didn’t score in his first game, he will be marked as a massive disappointment for life.
  • Leafs fans littered the ice with beer cans during and after the game. They deserve to watch their team lose every time they come here. Pricks.
  • Lots of D’Agostini vs. Tropp talk on the social media sites during the game, but that wasn’t the point for those who mourned the loss of Corey Tropp. It was a) bad asset management losing a guy on waivers and b) hard to argue that Tropp was expendable when guys like John Scott are on the roster. Tropp, in his Blue Jackets debut, tallied an assist in a 4-2 win. Scott is pointless as a Sabre… in more ways than one.
  • Back to Leino, the keen eye would’ve seen him set up the play on the faceoff that led to the game winner. With Tyler Myers behind his left shoulder, he told Myers to move down closer to the hashmarks. Myers slid over slightly, but not where Ville was telling him to go. Of course, Leino won the draw exactly to exactly where he was pointing to, and Myers was out of position. Leino was able to get in the way of Leafs center Jerred Smithson long enough that Myers was able to snag the puck and get it to Christian Ehrhoff, who now had the puck on his stick for the winner.
  • Didn’t think Steve Ott had a very good game. Had a good scoring chance or two where he didn’t get a clean shot off.
  • Myers had two assists, but he doesn’t get applause for having a good game because they were both on the scoresheet because of Leino and his bad pinch in the neutral zone led to the Kessel goal. He played a team high 24:10.
  • Really glad for Luke Adam to finally get a goal. Puck just came to him perfectly off the pad of Reimer. He’s been good the last few games.

3MI Three Star Selections 
1. Ville Leino, Buffalo
2. Christian Ehrhoff, Buffalo
3. Phil Kessel, Toronto

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Luke Adam, Buffalo (Goal (1))
2. Christian Ehrhoff, Buffalo (OT Goal (2))
3. Ville Leino, Buffalo (2 assists (5))

Quote of the night:

“I think overall, it was one of our best games. We just competed.” — Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller

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Posted on November 30, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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