Nov 16, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) battles for the puck with Buffalo Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno (82) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Concludes Home And Home With Rival Toronto With 4-2 Loss.

Continuing their home and home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Buffalo Sabres traveled across the border to face off on day 2.

Following a 3-1 victory last night, Buffalo came into Toronto with a slow start in the first two periods, falling 4-2 despite a hard-fought third period.

After beliefs that Ryan Miller would be in net tonight, Jhonas Enroth took the net tonight, facing James Reimer.

Toronto scored first, with James van Riemsdyk seeking revenge from being robbed a goal in the last minute of play last night. Ripping a slapshot to put the Leafs up 1-0.

A Christian Ehrhoff holding call led to another van Riemsdyk goal on the power play.

Toronto led the Sabres, 2-0, going into the first intermission.

For the first, Buffalo lacked a lot on offense. Although only trailing 10-6 in shots, the Maple Leafs seemed to have complete control over the game.

Hoping to find their legs and break out of this flat play, Buffalo came out flying to start the second period.

Throwing hits all over the ice and skating deep and around the Leafs, something had to give. Buffalo had gotten their fair shots on net, but Reimer managed to stay even to the task.

David Clarkson threw a risky check near the Buffalo bench on Jamie McBain. Luckily McBain walked away, but Steve Ott decided to speak up.

Immediately heading to the ice, Ott exchanged a few words with Clarkson, and the gloves were off! Throwing rapid punches, Ott managed to take Clarkson off his feet, but the two regained their footing and kept throwing punches.

Electricity was in the air of the Air Canada Center following the fight.

Toronto pushed Buffalo further with Nikolai Kulemin receiving a pass at the top of the slot and wristing a shot past Enroth.

At the second intermission, Buffalo trailed the Leafs by a score of 3-0. Buffalo held an 18-17 edge in shots through two periods of play.

The start of the third was a new game for the Sabres.

Jamie McBain finally got the Sabres on the board  at the 2:15 mark of the third, with Marcus Foligno freeing the puck up and then passed by Zemgus Girgensons across the ice, which McBain ripped a slapshot at the top of the right faceoff circle over Reimer.

Now with a new life, Buffalo was refocused on the game.

Nov 16, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) warms up prior to the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Some bumping came about 5 minutes into the third. John Scott came into the Leafs zone and on an attempt to check Dion Phaneuf, Phaneuf bailed out. That was the extent of the play, until Phaneuf attempted to confront Scott, only to be acquainted by Cody McCormick. After throwing a cheap cross check to McCormick, a small battle occurred in the Leafs zone, with Scott being ripped down to the ground from behind by Frazer McClaren.

After all of this, John Scott and McClaren were escorted out of the game, both were assessed roughing minors and game misconducts.

Feeling the energy now, Buffalo immediately took advantage of the spark, with Tyler Ennis slapping a one-timer from Matt Moulson over the glove of Reimer. With 13 minutes remaining, Toronto’s three goal lead was now cut to 3-2. Cody Hodgson received the second assist on Ennis’ goal.

Through almost nine minutes of the third period, Buffalo outshot Toronto, 9-2.

Toronto put the knife in the game with a rocket of a slap shot over Enroth’s left shoulder from Mason Raymond at the 18:56 mark of the third.

At the buzzer, Buffalo lost to the Maple Leafs 4-2, splitting the home and home series. The shot count read very impressive with Buffalo holding a 17-5 count in the third, with Buffalo firing off a massive 35-22 total shot count.

Buffalo returns home on Tuesday night to take on the impressive St. Louis Blues at 7pm. Read all about tonight’s game and other Sabres news right here on SabreNoise!



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  • chas territo

    I still can’t watch this team1 Am I wrong to feel this way? I find some things are good, but not enough. The 1st Toronto game was evidently played very well by the SABRES. I was expecting a 2nd game to be… well, like the 2nd game. Which makes me see nothing much has changed. It will, no is a long, long season of disappointment for me. I will continue to be a sideline fan because my emotions are too strong to watch them lose and lose and lose!! They got rid of the 2 most incorrect GM and Coach, so that was great,but until they get a new GM, what will be nothing that makes me want to watch dismal, disheartened and disappointing games. Sorry for my feelings, ok, not ok, too!

  • qwicwted

    Chas – it really amazes me about today’s fans. A true fan stands by his team through thick and thin. You wanted Lindy, Darcy and Ronny gone – it’s done! Now you are complaining because they didn’t win 2 games with Toronto. Come on. Don’t watch and don’t post – we get it! Your frustrated – so go watch a winner!

    I don’t expect miracles from Nolan, LaFontaine or this team – We really don’t have any superstars, except for Moulson, Ott and Miller and we are rebuilding with youth. There will be mistakes and I hope our players learn from them. The goal is to “improve”. There will be changes – especially around the trade deadline. I’m disappointed in Ehrhoff, I don’t know what the deal is with him as he is a vet, but maybe he is trying to do too much. There are differences, subtle changes in some of the play – not going to happen overnight. But were going in the right direction. So…..either hang tough or go elsewhere. But I’m sure when the club starts winning you will return, cause that’s what “fair weather fans” do.

    • chas territo

      1st off, I did not complain as much as I used my OPINION. Furthermore it was directed at how the Sabres have or have not proven shit to me. You call me out with no real reason other than you SEE/READ what you want me to say more than what I did say. I have every damn right to have an opinion and also the right to say it. You have your rights too, but you do not have the right to be wrong. Now my opinion opened up a conversation between us, that’s good.Now keep your emotions in check like I did when I posted. I openly said “my emotions are too strong”, did I not? Object to what I wrote, but doing so to me is not correct!!

      • qwicwted

        I understand what you are saying Chas, but also you yourself said you are a “sideline fan”. I’m not calling you out for anything but offering you some alternatives to what you said (see below). You do have your opinion and it was “You don’t want to watch the team”. Like I said, I’ve got it and I think anyone reading the board got it. Maybe I’m wrong to feel this way, but Management made the changes that most fans wanted and it frustrates me when sideline fans write such a negative opinion when …..hummm lets see, the change has only been 4-5 days.

        • chas territo

          I do see your point,but I am not satisfied as yet with what they have done, yet. For me it is too soon to accept that they are better, yet. They played 2 games, yes, but split both. Played well in one, not the second! Now the future does look brighter, but this is now. Theystill have a long way to go.Will they become a good team? As of now I have zero confidence that they will any time soon. Do any of my comments make me a non fan or a realistic fan?

          • qwicwted

            What is interesting is that Nolan has already come out and said that the Sabres as a team lack conditioning. What that means to me is that when playing back to back games right now, there is no way they can keep up a fast, physical pace in the 2nd game. But aside from playing back to back games, I just don’t think we can judge the changes that were made based on the w/l column. There are other factors involved and I know myself…..I want to see steady improvement and I am enjoying the fact that we have a coach who interacts with his players and shows emotion.