When Buffalo and Toronto play in Buffalo, it’s always hard to tell who the home team is. It may be our holiday weekend, but Toronto fans love to come to Buffalo to watch games, usually because they are easier to get tickets for. The games usually involves plenty of on ice and off ice commotion as well, as these two teams generate a lot of excitement between the two cities, and tonight was not exception, however no fights were recorded. The game was back and forth, up and down the ice, and eventually wound up with Buffalo getting the win in OT, 3-2.
For the first game, in some time, Buffalo was able to stay close in shots on goal, however Toronto was able to jump out to a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the first period. Phil Kessel would get his 14th goal of the season on a quick snap shot from the right hand side of the goal.
Buffalo would tie it up with a power play goal by Matt Moulson, his 10th of the season. Lucky for Buffalo, Moulson just happened to be standing in the right spot at the right time in order to get that goal. Toronto would take the lead back just over two minutes later on a lucky bounce for Nikolai Kulemin, his 2nd of the season. Kulemin was camped in front of the net when a lucky bounce over the net came from teammate Trevor Smith and Kulemin was able to bounce it over Ryan Miller. Buffalo would again tie it up on a perfectly directed slap shot from Luke Adam, his 1st of the year.
The third period would be rather uneventful, in terms of a Sabres/Leafs game and it would take just 38 seconds into overtime for Buffalo to score the winning goal. Buffalo just finished a power play and Toronto’s Paul Ranger was not even able to get back into the play when Christian Ehrhoff, taking his time, was able to get the puck behind James Reimer to help Buffalo get just their 6th win of the year.
The Sabres desperately needed this win and it couldn’t have come against a better rival opponent. Buffalo travels to New Jersey to take on the Devils tomorrow evening in hopes of getting another win. Toronto travels to Montreal to take on the Canadiens and hope they can get back in the win column.