Sabres 2, Maple Leafs 1
Jason Pominville scored on the power play at 14:42 of the third
period Friday and the Buffalo Sabres won their third straight
preseason game, 2-1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs killed off four previous penalties before
Pominville connected for the Sabres with the man advantage.
With Cody Franson in the penalty box for holding, the puck got
caught in some traffic in front. Pominville was in the right place
to snap in his second of the preseason past Leafs goalie James
With both sides featuring almost full-strength squads, Buffalo
dominated the bulk of the early exchanges with the Sabres’ opening
goal coming at 7:15 of the first.
Buffalo’s Matt Ellis fed rookie Corey Tropp off a Leafs turnover
and he beat Reimer low for a 1-0 lead.
Despite getting off to a slow start, Toronto pressed late in the
first. With 14 minutes gone, Nazem Kadri had a few cracks at a
loose puck at the side of the net but Ryan Miller stacked the pads
to keep the Leafs off the scoreboard.
Toronto forward Phil Kessel had a few chances to even the score
in the opening minutes of the second, but Miller stopped everything
that came at him.
Despite being outshot 15-4 in the second period, the Sabres
nearly doubled their lead six minutes into the period. On a rare
foray into the Leafs zone, T.J. Brennan rang a shot off the
crossbar that beat Reimer cleanly.
The play leading up to Toronto’s equalizer was started and
finished by Kessel. Kessel started the play by passing to
John-Michael Liles. Liles brought the puck right in front of the
net before being checked but the loose puck fell to Kessel, who
banged it in at 8:32 of the second.
Miller saved the game for the Sabres just seconds after his team
had taken the lead. Having played himself out of position, Miller
was able to sprawl back and get his glove to a goal-bound shot off
the stick of Joffrey Lupul.