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Leafs Prevail Over Sabres 3-2 in Marathon Shootout



Down 2-0, the Leafs battled back against the Sabres on Saturday before prevailing 3-2 following a 15-round shootout, featuring 30 total skaters. The loss marks Buffalo's first of the preseason.

Both sides were kept out of the net during the first period, but not for lack of trying. The Sabres peppered James Reimer with 17 shots in the opening frame while Jhonas Enroth stopped all 10 he faced. Cody McCormick and Steve Ott both found themselves in scraps during the first. McCormick landed a couple of big blows while scrapping with David Broll, but Carter Ashton got the better of Ott in their dustup in front of the benches.

The Sabres grabbed the lead at 10:20 of the second on a wrist shot by Mark Pysyk. The defenseman joined the rush and beat Reimer glove-side to put Buffalo ahead 1-0. Marcus Foligno made it 2-0 just 2:06 later when his cross-crease pass to Tyler Ennis went off Reimer's pads and into the net.

Toronto cut the lead in the half 9:53 into the third. Jamie Devane got the Leafs on the board, shoveling a loose puck past Enroth. Jay McClement was credited with the tying goal later in the period, when his pass attempt deflected and landed in the Buffalo net.

Dion Phaneuf provided the Leafs with an excellent chance just 12 seconds into overtime, but his big shot caromed off the post. Enroth kept the game going, coming up with several big stops during the extra frame during a Leafs power play. The Sabres had a quality chance, but Zemgus Girgensons couldn't capitalize on a 2-on-1 break with Drew Stafford. Buffalo's best chance to end it in overtime came right at the final horn, but Jamie McBain was denied by Reimer on a breakaway opportunity.

The two sides headed to a shootout, where Enroth and Reimer went toe-to-toe, stopping each shooter until McClement finally beat the Buffalo netminder in Round 15. (Scroll down for a complete list of the shooters.) Enroth finished with 32 saves in the loss while Reimer stopped 38 shots. The Sabres fall to 3-0-1 in the preseason and head to Toronto for the back half of a home-and-home on Sunday. Hear the call with Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray on ESPN 1520.

1st Period
Goals

None

Penalties
1:25 - BUF - Steve Ott (2 min., tripping)
6:17 - TOR - Jamie Devane (2 min., roughing)
13:06 - BUF - Cody McCormick (5 min., fighting)
13:06 - TOR - David Broll (5 min., fighting)
13:06 - BUF - Cody McCormick (2 min., unsportsmanlike conduct)
13:06 - TOR - David Broll (2 min., unsportsmanlike conduct)
15:41 - BUF - Steve Ott (5 min., fighting)
15:41 - TOR - Carter Ashton (5 min., fighting)

2nd Period
Goals

10:20 - BUF - Mark Pysyk (1) (Drew Stafford)
12:26 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (3) (Tyler Ennis, Mark Pysyk)

Penalties
1:49 - TOR - Joe Colborne (2 min., high sticking)
7:04 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., holding)
13:12 - TOR - Troy Bodie (2 min., boarding)
16:51 - TOR - Jamie Devane (2 min., illegal check to the head)
19:48 - TOR - Jake Gardiner (2 min., tripping)

3rd Period
Goals

9:53 - TOR - Jamie Devane (2) (Josh Leivo, Mark Fraser)
15:23 - TOR - Jay McClement (1) (Carter Ashton, Nikolai Kulemin)

Penalties
2:21 - BUF - Brian Flynn (2 min., tripping)
17:54 - BUF - Patrick Kaleta (5 min., fighting)
17:54 - TOR - Troy Bodie (5 min., fighting)

Overtime
Goals

None

Penalties
0:25 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., roughing)
0:25 - TOR - Dion Phaneuf (2 min., roughing)
1:38 - BUF - Too many men on the ice (2 min., served by Zemgus Girgensons)

Shootout
BUF - Tyler Ennis - MISS
TOR - Mason Raymond - MISS
BUF - Mikhail Grigorenko - MISS
TOR - Tyler Bozak - MISS
BUF - Drew Stafford - MISS
TOR - Nikolai Kulemin - MISS
BUF - Ville Leino - MISS
TOR - Phil Kessel - MISS
BUF - Marcus Foligno - MISS
TOR - Josh Leivo - MISS
BUF - Brian Flynn - MISS
TOR - Jake Gardiner - MISS
BUF - Steve Ott - MISS
TOR - Trevor Smith - MISS
BUF - Jamie McBain - MISS
TOR - Joe Colborne - MISS
BUF - Mark Pysyk - MISS
TOR - Stuart Percy - MISS
BUF - Kevin Porter - MISS
TOR - Paul Ranger - MISS
BUF - Patrick Kaleta - MISS
TOR - Dion Phaneuf - MISS
BUF - Christian Ehrhoff - MISS
TOR - David Broll - MISS
BUF - Rasmus Ristolainen - MISS
TOR - Carter Ashton - MISS
BUF - Cody McCormick - MISS
TOR - Carl Gunnarsson - MISS
BUF - Alexander Sulzer - MISS
TOR - Jay McClement - GOAL

Goaltending
TOR - James Reimer (38 saves, 40 shots)
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (32 saves, 34 shots)

Penalties
TOR - 0 of 4
BUF - 0 of 5

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