Sabres stay sharp, beat Maple Leafs in OT
Connolly scored on a power play 1:04 into overtime — his second goal of the game — and Miller made 33 saves to help the surging
Miller improved to 8-0-1, and the
Toronto, an NHL-worst 1-7-3, was all over Buffalo in the third period, with Miller preserving the
The short-handed goal came with Toronto goalie
“That’s who he is. He’s a battler and the backbone of our team,” Buffalo captain
“It’s a huge win for us,” Connolly said. “That’s one of our best wins of the year. They controlled the play for a lot of the game, but to battle through and win, those games are important. You have to be able to win games when there’s not a lot going on.”
Roles seemed to be reversed in a game that featured two teams on opposite ends of the standings. But Miller quickly became the difference when he turned aside 13 shots in the first 10 minutes of the third period.
“(Miller) grabbed the bull by the horns and did his thing, which was great to see,”
“We played a solid game but sometimes it’s not enough,” said Kaberle, who had a pair of assists. “We did a good job going to the net in the third. The first few games in the season we were just standing around and waiting for good plays and empty nets that weren’t there.”
Stafford opened the scoring with 4:49 left in the first period, shoveling home a loose puck in the crease with Buffalo on a two-man advantage.
White tied it with a slap shot from the right point that got past Miller with just over a minute to go in the first.
Connolly made it 2-1 midway through the second period when he beat Gustavsson on the stick side with a shot while on a breakaway.
“We’re doing a lot of things well,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “If we keep doing this, the results are going to be there. We have to keep persevering.”