Leafs top the Sabres 3-0

The Sabres and Leafs meet in the first game of a home-and-home series

September 22, 2017 - 8:36 pm
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The Sabres are in Toronto for the first of a home and home with the Leafs. The game is being played at Ricoh Coliseum, the home of the AHL's Toronto Marlies. On Saturday the Sabres host the Leafs at Key Bank Center. 

The first half of the first period was all Leafs. Shots were 10-2 in favor of Toronto at the 2 minute mark. Linus Ullmark looked strong turning away all shots to keep the game scoreless. 

Buffalo got their first real opportunity at the 8-minute mark with a powerplay. Despite some good pressure, the Sabres couldn't capitalize. Auston Matthews got a breakaway coming out of the box, but missed the net on the blocker side. 

Much of the period was uneventful for the Sabres, however Linus Ullmark certainly looked sharp. 

Early in the second, Morgan Rielly broke the scoring with a powerplay goal. Reilly was one of many of Toronto's stars to play in this game.

Mid-way through the period, Evan Rodrigues was the victim of a big hit. After trainers looked at his hand/wrist, Rodrigues went to the locker room to be evaluated. 

 The Sabres best chance to tie the game in the second, was a great pass by Ryan O'Reilly in front to Seth Griffith, but Curtis McElhinney shut the door. 

The third again was a lot of pressure by the Leafs. The Sabres had just 4 shots on goal down 1 for most of the period. Finally in the final minutes, the Leafs got two empty net goals to end the game. 


First Period:

Goal Summary:

BUF: NONE

TOR: NONE
 

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 5, TOR - 14

 


Second Period:

Goal Summary:

BUF: NONE

TOR: Rielly (1) - PP
 

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 6 (11), TOR - 11 (25)

 


Third Period

Goal Summary: 

BUF: none

TOR: Komorov (1) - ENG; Nylander (1) - ENG


Shots on Goal: 

BUF - 7 (18), TOR - 11 (36)

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