The Buffalo Sabres went north of the border tonight and gave their rival Toronto Maple Leafs all they could handle. Their effort, however, didn’t quite result in what they wanted as the Leafs prevailed in a shootout, 4-3.
Ryan Miller was typically solid in net for Buffalo in making 36 saves to keep his team within the game throughout but was uncharacteristically bad in the shootout. The NHL’s all-time leader in shootout victories came into tonight having stopped 25-of-31 shootout attempts but allowed all three Leafs to score.
Still, the clearly improving Sabres earned at least one point for the 10th time in their last 15 games and perhaps more exciting for fans, offered an action- packed exciting evening of hockey for the second time in 24 hours.
Matt Ellis, Matt Moulson and Cody Hodgson scored goals for Buffalo. Hodgson’s goal tied the game for Buffalo in the opening minute of the third period and eventually forced overtime. He has two goals and four points in three games since returning from injury and is starting to resemble the star management thought he’d be when signing him to a six-year, $25.5 million deal before the season started.
Defensemen Tyler Myers returned from his three-game suspension and played very well, logging 26:02 of ice time while notching an assist and breaking up several Toronto rushes and skating as fast as we’ve seen in quite some time.