It's one thing if you're a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, quite another if you're a fan of the Buffalo Sabres. The Maple Leafs scored three goals in a span of only 43 seconds Monday night early in the first period and for all intents and purposes the game was over. The Leafs went on to beat the Sabres 4-2, but the final score doesn't indicate how lopsided the game actually was.
Embarrassing. The Buffalo Sabres just weren't ready to play against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night and it cost them. The Leafs scored three straight goals in a span of just 43 seconds early in the first period and the Sabres never recovered in a 4-2 loss.
For the sixth year in a row the Buffalo Sabres won't be going to the playoffs, but it sure felt like a playoff atmosphere Saturday night at KeyBank Center when the Sabres hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs. And it sounded as if there were as many Leafs fans as Sabres fans in the building with equally loud chants of "Let's Go Buffalo" and "Go Leafs, Go".
In likely what was their best opening 20 minutes of the season the Buffalo Sabres opened up a 3-0 lead on the Toronto Maple Leafs and held on for a 3-1 win Saturday night in Toronto. Evander Kane scored twice to up his team-leading goal total to 18, Sam Reinhart scored on the power play and Jack Eichel assisted on all three goals.