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Buffalo Sabres Earn Point in Shootout Loss to Toronto Maple Leafs

December 27th, 2013 at 10:39 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres blew a two-goal lead and eventually lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

'050-001 // Ryan Miller (12/5/2013)' photo (c) 2013, grilled cheese - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Matt Moulson and John Scott scored for Buffalo in the first period, as the Sabres dominated play. However, the second period was again a problem for the Sabres, as they surrendered three goals and played poorly in their own defensive end. Buffalo scored on their only power play chance late in the third period to tie the game, but the Sabres went 0-for-3 in the shootout.

Matt Moulson, Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons all missed empty nets after pulling the Toronto goaltender out of the net. Joffrey Lupul scored the only goal of the shootout for Toronto.

The big story in tonight's loss is the collapse of the Sabres in the second period. After dominating the first frame, Buffalo looked flat and couldn't sustain their momentum in the second period, and they paid dearly for it. The Sabres allowed three goals in the period and hung Ryan Miller out to dry on all of them. 

With the shootout loss, the Sabres extend their point-streak to three games. John Scott scored his first goal as a member of the Sabres and seems to be transforming his game to become a more complete hockey player. 

The Sabres will next be in action Sunday when they take on the Washington Capitals at 5 pm at the First Niagara Center. 

 

 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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