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.