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Sabres Beat Leafs 3-1 in Nolan's Return

Playing for the first time under Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan, the energized Sabres earned their second regulation win of the year on Friday 3-1 over the Maple Leafs. Steve Ott collected two points and Ryan Miller made 32 saves in the victory.

Neither team found the net during the first period, but — unlike most games this season — the Sabres came out full of energy. Buffalo had several scoring opportunities on Jonathan Bernier, including a Corey Tropp rocket that rang off the post. Later in the period, Bernier stopped a Christian Ehrhoff shot and then stoned Tyler Ennis on a rebound chance.

The Leafs jumped out to a 1-0 lead 6:25 into the second period on Trevor Smith's second goal of the season, whipping the Toronto faithful in attendance into a frenzy. Buffalo tied it up just 3:20 later on the power play. Tyler Myers ripped a point shot and Ott slammed the rebound into the Toronto net. Later in the second, Ott contributed again, this time finding Marcus Foligno on a 2-on-1 break. Foligno one-timed the feed past Bernier, putting Buffalo ahead 2-1.

Christian Ehrhoff made it 3-1 on an empty net goal, sending the puck the length of the ice with 29 seconds to play. Just prior to the insurance tally, with Miller caught out of position, Ehrhoff stopped a James van Riemsdyk shot from going in the net.

The win is Buffalo's second in a row, marking the Sabres' first back-to-back victories this season. Buffalo and Toronto are right back at it on Saturday at Air Canada Centre, finishing off a home-and-home series. Hear the call on WGR 550 at 7 p.m.

1st Period


2:56 - TOR - Paul Ranger (2 min., tripping)
18:51 - TOR - Phil Kessel (2 min., delay of game)

2nd Period

6:25 - TOR - Trevor Smith (2) (David Clarkson, Mason Raymond)
9:45 - BUF - Steve Ott (3) (PPG) (Tyler Myers, Mark Pysyk)
15:22 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (3) (Steve Ott, Drew Stafford)

8:04 - TOR - Mark Fraser (2 min., cross checking)
12:56 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (2 min., tripping)

3rd Period

19:31 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (1) (EN) (Mark Pysyk)

5:43 - BUF - Drew Stafford (2 min., slashing)
15:25 - BUF - Henrik Tallinder (2 min., interference)

TOR - Jonathan Bernier (24 saves, 26 shots)
BUF - Ryan Miller (32 saves, 33 shots)

Power Plays
TOR - 0 of 3
BUF - 1 of 3

Three Stars
1.) BUF - Steve Ott (1 G, 1 A)
2.) BUF - Ryan Miller (32 saves)
3.) BUF - Drew Stafford (0 G, 1 A)

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