An unlikely hero emerged as the Leafs battled their goalie Goliath Tuesday night in Buffalo. Playing in an arena where they have won just once in the past 12 showings and their roster riddled with ailments, Toronto emerged victorious with a 4-3 overtime win finally defeated nemesis Sabre goalie Ryan Miller.
Without Joffrey Lupul, Clarke MacArthur, Jake Gardiner and Mike Komisarek Toronto’s second line stepped it up in the win. Recent call-up and Lupul replacement, Matt Frattin, scored the overtime winner with just 1.5 seconds left in OT and finished the game with two goals in 16 minutes. Frattin, who didn’t make the Leafs cut this season, has five points in just three games.
Komisarek’s absence had a big impact on the game with Cody Franson skating in his place. Franson had a goal and an assist in the win. First time Leaf Jay McClement opened scoring 10 minutes in, taking a rebound off a Nazem Kadri beating Miller. Kadri leads the team in scoring with six points in six games and Phil Kessel is still scoreless.
That win improves the Leafs record 3-3-o as they head into Thursday’s home game against the Washington Capitals.