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Ehrhoff gives Sabres 3-2 OT win over Toronto



Buffalo, NY (WGR 550)  -- Welcome once again high atop ice level at First Niagara Center, into the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box. We have moved back down to our normal location after Wednesday night's affair, and await the Buffalo Sabres post-Thanksgiving showdown with the Toronto Maple Leafs. We hope you all had a very nice holiday, and that it continues into the weekend.

Matt D'Agostini is ready to join the blue and gold on the ice less than 48 hours after being claimed off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tyler Ennis has gone back to center, while D'Agosntini occupies his former spot on the wing with Steve Ott and Ville Leino. Ryan Miller is expected back between the pipes against "Optimus Reim" James Reimer. For more from the morning skate, click here for Paul Hamilton's pregame primer.

Be sure to add your comments in the thread below. I will toss in my two cents in between the scoring plays tonight as well. And be sure to give myself and Brian Koziol a follow on Twitter for more: @PatWGR and @BrianWGR.

First Period

17:38 - MAPLE LEAFS GOAL. Mike Weber played the 2-on-1 play perfectly skating back into his own zone, but Phil Kessel beat Ryan Miller with a shot just under his right arm and the visitors take a one-goal lead. You would have thought Toronto was the home team with the reaction from the crowd. 1-0 TOR.

14:17 - It has been pointed out by many of my colleagues in the press box that there are far more Leafs fans here tonight than Sabres fans. I have been to almost every one of these games in Buffalo the last seven years, and this is by far the most blue and white I have seen, and heard, in this building.

7:52 - Shots on goal are 5-3 in favor of Toronto, but I think they have carried the play much more than that. The Leafs could have had two or three goals right after Kessel's tally less than three minutes into the game. They have been dominant early.

4:28 - We have been penalty free to this point, and the game has had very good flow to it. I have liked the energy on and off the ice tonight.

2:51 - Matt D'Agostini is getting a chance to play. He is on the power play with Steve Ott and Ville Leino.

End of Period

Goal Summary


BUF: none
TOR: 2:12 - Phil Kessel (14) (Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner)

Penalty Summary

BUF: none
TOR: 16:01 - James van Riemsdyk (2 min., hooking)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 7, TOR - 9

Second Period

16:13 - There have been just three shots total through the first few minutes of the period, but man have I really liked the end to end play from both sides tonight. The fans are into the game, and it appears as if they players are feeding off of that.

13:52 - As Paul Hamilton just commented to me, Tyler Ennis just did his best Derek Roy impression to draw a penalty on Toronto. Paul Ranger had a hold of the forward's stick, but did not have enough leverage on it to force him to the ice.

12:03 - SABRES GOAL. That was a real hard working shift by the Sabres power play unit that directly led to the score. Matt Moulson is able to score on a rebound chance with James Reimer out of the net. Credit Ville Leino and Tyler Myers with the assists on the goal as well. 1-1 tie.

9:37 - MAPLE LEAFS GOAL. Much like their counterparts, the Sabres could have added another goal right after Moulson's tally. Instead, Toronto weathers the storm and is able to beat Miller with a fluky one-time shot by Nikolai Kulemin. 2-1 TOR.

7:37 - In case you were wondering; yes Nikolai Kulemin has two goals all year, and yes they both were scored against the Sabres.

7:18 - How Cody Franson just gets two minutes for boarding Drew Stafford in the Toronto zone is beyond me. And to add to it, the closer of the two referees did not signal the penalty. This league sometimes.

3:16 - We have not seen Stafford on the bench, or on the ice since he went heard first into the boards. He is still in the locker room.

2:34 - Just as I write that, Stafford is back on the Sabres bench. He must have been sent to the quiet room for evaluation and passed. Just my guess.

1:10 - SABRES GOAL. Luke Adam picks up the game-tying goal as he buries a rebound chance past a sprawling James Reimer. The net minder would definitely want that one back, and credit Adam for burying an easy chance. 2-2 tie.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: 7:57- Matt Moulson (10) PPG (Ville Leino, Tyler Myers). 18:50 - Luke Adam (1) (Zemgus Girgensons, Christian Ehrhoff).
TOR: 10:23 - Nikolai Kulemin (2) (Trevor Smith)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 12:28 - Matt Moulson (2 min., roughing)
TOR: 6:08 - Paul Ranger (2 min., holding). 12:28 - Cody Franson (2 min., roughing). 12:28 - Cody Franson (2 min., boarding).

Shots on Goal

BUF - 11 (18), TOR - 5 (14)
Third Period

18:31 - Henrik Tallinder is in the box for high sticking. We will see if the blue and gold can kill off the minor, or if this PK will yield another go-ahead goal for Toronto.

14:16 - Buffalo killed off Tallinder's penalty and now have all of the momentum in their favor. They have hemmed Toronto in their own zone for the last minute or so.

12:56 - Ted Nolan has called his timeout.

10:47 - We are seeing a different Luke Adam tonight. First he scored a goal, not he snuck around the back side of the net and stole the puck away from Reimer. It created a scoring chance for Buffalo. Will need to see more of that out of the young forward in the future as well.

6:37 - How many times are the Sabres going to shoot wide or over top of the net tongiht?! Yes, it is a pattern that crops up almost every game but seems like it has happened more tonight that regularly.

3:52 - This has not been a banner night for Reimer. He has been up to the task for 24 of the 26 Sabres shots, but none have looked easy.

2:02 - This game has overtime written all over it.

1:01 - Sixty one seconds separate us from an extra five minutes, but Paul Ranger is still in the box for the Leafs.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none
TOR: none

Penalty Summary

BUF: 1:09 - Henrik Tallinder (2 min., high sticking)
TOR: 18:28 - Paul Ranger (2 min., holding)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 9 (27), TOR - 10 (24)

Overtime

4:22 - SABRES GOAL. Christian Ehrhoff did not shoot the puck too early from the point. Instead, he waited until the time was right and slid a shot along the ice to beat James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs for the game-winning goal. 3-2 BUF.
End of Game

Buffalo 3, Toronto FINAL/Overtime

 
Goal Summary

BUF: 0:38 - Christian Ehrhoff (2) (Tyler Myers, Ville Leino)
TOR: none

Final Thoughts

I know the number of Leafs fans outweighed how many Sabres fans were here tonight, but there was a great energy in the building that made this game so entertaining. Drew Stafford was physical tonight, so was Matt Moulson at times. If the blue and gold put forth more efforts like this they will be so fun to watch. However, there is no time to rest on this victory. The team is back at it on Saturday night in New Jersey. The Sabres and Devils drop the puck at 7 o'clock on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pregame coverage with Brian Koziol starts at 6 p.m.

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