The Buffalo Sabres earned a costly point, in an overtime loss on Wednesday night versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Buffalo played a sound game, out shooting the Maple Leafs 20 to 12 through 2 periods, good enough for a 3-2 lead. Toronto dominated the third period though, outshooting Buffalo 17 to 8 and putting in the game tying goal with 3:25 left in regulation.
The line of Moulson, Larsson, Ennis was responsible for all 3 of the Sabres goals, each tallying a goal. This line actually looked like a 1st line tonight, constantly creating scoring chances and dominating when on the ice. This is definitely something to build off of.
Toronto was temporarily in the running for the bottom 3 but most likely will end up in 25th place to finish the season.
Nazem Kadri sat out his second straight game, one more to go, due to arriving 20 minutes late to a team meeting. The Leafs front office and coaching staff feels Kadri has had a problematic behavior and sitting out 3 games will hopefully help correct his behavior. Say goodbye to Kadri Leafs fans. There is no way he is going to resign in Toronto.
With the point gained from the OTL, Buffalo shortens their lead to 3 games over Edmonton, and 6 over Arizona, with 15 games remaining for all 3 teams.
Buffalo’s next game is not until Saturday, as the Sabres travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers.
Edmonton’s next game is Thursday, in Pittsburgh. Hopefully the Oilers can squeeze a point or two from the Penguins.
Arizona returns to action on Thursday as well, as they host the Chicago Blackhawks, who got shutout by the Rangers on Sunday.
We are weeks away from the final games of the season, and things are getting close at the bottom. Keep checking back in to McEichel.com to keep tabs on the race for the bottom.