12/05/2018 – Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres – Game Recap

Transaction Update: Leafs traded Winger Josh Leivo to the Vancouver Canucks for Phil Carcone 

Toronto Maple Leafs (20-8-0 40pts) v, Buffalo Sabres (17-8-4 38pts)

Lineups:

Toronto:

Kasperi Kapanen – Auston Matthews – Patrick Marleau

Mitch Marner – John Tavares– Zach Hyman

Andreas Johnsson – Nazem Kadri – Connor Brown

Tyler Ennis– Frederik Gauthier – Andreas Johnsson

 

Morgan Rielly  – Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov

 

Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks

Scratched: Justin Holl & Martin Marincin

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back)

Suspension: None

 

Buffalo:

Jeff Skinner – Jack Eichel – Sam Reinhart

Tage Thompson – Casey Middlestadt– Kyle Okposo

Conor Sheary – Evan Rodrigues – Vladimir Sobotka

Patrick Berglund – Johan Larsson – Zemgus Girgensons

 

Lawrence Pilut – Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin – Zach Bogosian

Nathan Beaulieu – Casey Nelson

 

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark
Scratched: None

Injuries: Jason Pominville, Marco Scandella

Suspension: None
Gameday:

First Period:

No Scoring or Penalties

End of 1st – TML –0        BUF – 0

Shots              7                     14

Faceoffs     14/22              8/22

Hits               4                     5

PP                 0/0                   0/0

 

Analysis

Leafs came out flat to start this one. With Buffalo pouring on the pressure for the first 5 or 6 minutes. But Andersen stood tall as normal shutting the door hard. Keeping the game at 0-0 through the first period.

Need to Do:

Get your legs moving, force the Sabres to skate and play defence.

Second Period:

Leafs Goal–08:33 – Auston Matthews (14), assisted by Ron Hainsey (9)

Leafs Penalty – 11:19 –Conor Brown, 2 mins for Interference

Sabres Penalty –11:39 – Tage Thompson, 2 mins for Hooking

Sabres Goal– 14:01– Sam Reinhart (8), assisted by Nathan Beaulieu (3) and Rasmus Ristolainen (13)

Leafs Goal– 19:50– Jake Gardiner (2), assisted by John Tavares (14) and Mitch Marner (33)

End of 2nd – TML – 2          BUF – 1

Shots              17                    26

Faceoffs       28/44              16/44

Hits              8                      10

PP                 0/1                    0/1

 

Analysis:

Leafs came out to play in this period, despite some bad turnovers the Leafs took lead with Auston Matthews 14th of the season and reclaimed the lead with 59 seconds left in the 2nd with a beautiful tic tac toe play by Mitch Marner and John Tavares which lead to Jake Gardiner putting his 2nd of the season in the net.

Need to Do:

Keep pressuring but don’t sacrifice too much defence for offence.

 

 

Third Period:

Sabres Goal– 02:39 – Jack Eichel (6) assisted by Rasmus Ristolainen(14) and Jeff Skinner (9)

Sabres Penalty –07:16 – Tage Thompson, 2 mins for Hooking

Leafs Penalty –08:44 – Patrick Marleau, 2 mins for Interference

Sabres Goal– 12:57 – Jack Eichel (7) assisted by Sam Reinhart(16)

Leafs Goal – 14:47 – Patrick Marleau (7) assisted by Morgan Rielly(21) and Auston Matthews(8)

End of 3rd – TML – 3        BUF – 3

Shots             27                   37

Faceoffs     36/64                28/64

Hits               10                       13

PP                0/2                    0/2

 

Analysis:

Both teams applied pressure offer for the whole 3rd with Eichel scoring twice to take the lead then Marleau with under 5 minutes in the game to tie it.

Overtime:

Leafs Goal – 04:57 – Auston Matthews (15) assisted by Kasperi Kapanen(9) and Jake Gardiner(11)

End of OT – TML – 4        BUF – 3

Shots              30                   41

Faceoffs     39/66                29/66

Hits               11                       14

PP                0/2                    0/2

Next Up:

Detroit (12-12-4 28pts) vs Toronto (20-8-0 40pts)

Philadelphia (11-12-2 24pts) at Buffalo (17-8-4 38pts)

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