Except for a brutal two minute stretch in the second period the Buffalo Sabres turned in a good effort against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.  It was during that two minutes that the Leafs scored three straight goals, then added another late on a Tyler Ennis breakaway and that was enough for the Leafs to hold on for a 5-3 over the Sabres.

The Sabres dominated the first period.  At one point they had a 9 to 1 edge in shots but the same old story.  They're generating chances but can't seem to finish them off and it continues to cost them games.

Jack Eichel scored twice to increase his season total to 21 goals.  Sam Reinhart scored his 19th.  The Sabres scored twice on the power play and were generating chances on another power play late in the game looking to tie it and almost did.  Rasmus Dahlin came so close to converting an Eichel pass it's hard to believe it didn't go in.  But a moment later the puck came free and the Leafs scored shorthanded to seal the win.

The Sabres have now lost five of their last six as their playoff chances continue to fade.  The Sabres next travel to Philadelphia to meet the Flyers on Tuesay night.