Christian Ehrhoff's overtime shot found its way through traffic and James Reimer's pads, giving the Sabres a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Friday. Matt Moulson also found the net for the second time in two games.
Phil Kessel and the Leafs took an early 1-0 lead, completing a 2-on-1 break just 2:12 into the game. Buffalo responded with a power play tally in the second period on Moulson's 10th goal and second in two games. Ville Leino worked the puck in front of the crease while falling to the ice and Moulson buried the chance, making it a 1-1 game.
Toronto regained the lead about two and a half minutes later when Nikolai Kulemin swatted the puck past Miller for his second of the season. Luke Adam's first of the year came at 18:50 of the second period, sending Buffalo and Toronto to the intermission tied 2-2. Adam slammed a Zemgus Girgensons rebound past the outstretched glove of Reimer to tie things up.
Earlier in the second, Drew Stafford headed to the dressing room with a trainer after taking a hit from behind by Cody Franson. The Toronto defenseman nailed Stafford in the back, sending him into the boards, and was immediately confronted by Moulson. Franson was sent to the box with boarding and roughing penalties while Moulson got hit with only roughing, but Buffalo failed to score on the ensuing power play. Stafford returned to the ice later in the period.
After a scoreless third period, the two sides skated to overtime where Ehrhoff won it just 35 seconds in. The victory marks Buffalo's first since November 15th, a 3-1 win over the Leafs on home ice The Sabres own a 13-1-1 record against the Maple Leafs in their last 15 meetings at First Niagara Center.
The Sabres will look to make it two in a row on Saturday at New Jersey. Pregame will get underway at 6 p.m. and faceoff is set for 7 p.m. on WGR 550.
2:12 - TOR - Phil Kessel (14) (Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner)
16:01 - TOR - James van Riemsdyk (2 min., holding)
7:57 - BUF - Matt Moulson (10) (PPG) (Ville Leino, Tyler Myers)
10:23 - TOR - Nikolai Kulemin (2) (Trevor Smith)
18:50 - BUF - Luke Adam (1) (Zemgus Girgensons, Christian Ehrhoff)
6:08 - TOR - Paul Ranger (2 min., holding)
12:28 - TOR - Cody Franson (2 min., boarding)
12:28 - TOR - Cody Franson (2 min., roughing)
12:28 - BUF - Matt Moulson (2 min., roughing)
1:09 - BUF - Henrik Tallinder (2 min., high sticking)
18:28 - TOR - Paul Ranger (2 min., holding)
0:35 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (2) (Tyler Myers, Ville Leino)
TOR - James Reimer (26 saves, 29 shots)
BUF - Ryan Miller (22 saves, 24 shots)
TOR - 0 of 1
BUF - 1 of 4
1.) BUF - Luke Adam (1 G, 0 A)
2.) BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (1 G, 1 A)
3.) BUF - Ville Leino (0 G, 2 A)