Buffalo Sabres Can’t Catch the Toronto Maple Leafs
All of the excitement and magic the Buffalo Sabres created in their win Saturday night against the Nashville Predators was completely missing on Monday night in their 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Just when you think they may have turned a corner in a long miserable season the Sabres prove once again they're a long way off from being a competitive team.
The things that have plagued this team all season were evident again against the Leafs. Slow to the puck, defensive lapses, missed assignments. It's been a recipe for losing games all season.
Auston Mathews and William Nylander each scored twice, Matthews both coming on the power play as the Leafs easily disposed of the Sabres at the Air Canada Centre. The Sabres briefly tied the game at 1-1 on Sam Reinhart's power play goal early in the second period, but the Matthews scored his first of the night to give the Leafs the lead for good and Nylander scored his pair just three minutes apart to decide it.
Jason Pominville had Buffalo's other power play goal. At least the power play is something that's been working for the Sabres. They've scored six in the past two games.
The Sabres and Leafs finished splitting their season series at two wins apiece. The Sabres close out the home portion of their schedule on Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators on Fan Appreciation Night.