Sabres fall 2-1 in overtime to Toronto

Rasmus Ristolainen's late, game-tying tally helps Buffalo force overtime on the road

WGR 550
November 30, 2019 - 7:52 pm

Photo: Dan Hamilton - USA TODAY Sports


A third period goal by defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen helped the Buffalo Sabres pick up a point, but it was not enough in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2-1 overtime win on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena.

Buffalo recorded eight shots on goal in the opening period, and had the lone power play chance in the first when Nic Petan was penalized for tripping. The minor was called with less than two minutes to go in the period, but the Sabres were not credited with any shots on goal during their special teams chance. However, Marcus Johansson recorded two of the team's eight shots on goal in the first.

Carter Hutton was up to the task on all 11 Maple Leafs shots on goal. The best chance of the frame came off the stick of Auston Matthews, where Hutton was able to stay with the low-lying shot along the ice and guide it away from the net without further trouble.

Johansson was called for the first minor penalty on Buffalo early in the second period when he was penalized for slashing. William Nylander was able to drive the net and use a backhand shot to beat Hutton and give Toronto a 1-0 lead. The score came over a minute into the power play, and was assisted by Matthews and John Tavares.

The Sabres nearly tied the game halfway through the middle stanza thanks to a cross-ice pass from Jeff Skinner to Conor Sheary, but a big save by Frederik Andersen kept Toronto in front by a goal. The play was reviewed to determine if Sheary's shot had crossed the goal line, but the call on the ice of no goal was upheld:

Buffalo ended the frame with 11 shots for a total of 19 through two periods. Toronto peppered Hutton with 16 shots in the second, with the Sabres' netminder stopping 15 of them. The Maple Leafs enjoyed a 27-19 edge in shots on goal through 40 minutes. 

Just over six minutes into the third period, the Leafs held a 6-1 shots on goal advantage for the frame. A minute later, Ristolainen drove the net with the puck and backhanded a shot over Andersen's shoulder to tie the game 1-1. Brandon Montour and Jack Eichel were credited with the assists on the game-tying goal.

Neither team was penalized in the third period, with the Sabres and Maple Leafs trading chances at both ends of the ice. Matthews had one last chance for Toronto before the end of regulation, but defenseman Marco Scandella was able to sweep the puck away from the goal line before it could cross the line.

After keeping the Sabres from scoring at one end, the Maple Leafs were able to capitalize on their possession in overtime to win 2-1. Tavares took the shot that helped win the game for the Maple Leafs. Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson received the assists on the game-winning goal.




Goal Summary:

First Period:


Second Period:

TOR: 5:30 - William Nylander (10) PP (Auston Matthews, John Tavares)

Third Period:

BUF: 6:58 - Rasmus Ristolainen (2) (Brandon Montour, Jack Eichel)


TOR: 1:45 - John Tavares (10) (Kasperi Kapanen, Andreas Johnsson)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

TOR: 18:07 - Nic Petan (Tripping - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 4:12 - Marcus Johansson (Slashing - 2 min.)
TOR: 11:32 - John Tavares (Slashing - 2 min.)

Third Period:



Shots on Goal:

BUF: 30 (8, 11, 9, 2) 
TOR: 43 (11, 16, 13, 3)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 41 saves
TOR: Frederik Andersen - 29 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 2 (0%)
TOR: 1 for 1 (100%)

Three Stars:

  1. John Tavares - TOR
  2. Frederik Andersen - TOR
  3. Carter Hutton - BUF

What's Next:

The Sabres return to Buffalo to host the struggling New Jersey Devils on Monday night at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show starts at 6 p.m. on WGR with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog from (716) Food and Sport.

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