Toronto Maple Leafs lose to Buffalo Sabres 5-2
The Leafs looked less than impressive on the second night of a back to back against the Sabres Sunday night.
The well rested Sabres took it to the Leafs at First Niagara Center.
After a scoreless first period the Sabres potted two goals in the first ten minutes of the second.
Johan Larsson and Conor Sheary would put Buffalo up 2-0 until Toronto’s Egor Korshkov scored his first goal in his first ever NHL game.
Buffalo would take a 2-1 lead heading into the second.
Zach Hyman would add another for Toronto to start the third period knotting the game up at two’s.
Coming off a win over the Senators Saturday night Toronto ran out of gas in the third period.
With the Leafs legs wavering, Toronto gave up three goals in a matter of a minute and a half.
Fredrik Andersen got the start in net for Toronto and once again the Leafs relied heavily on the net-minder.
Andersen faced 36 shots in the game. Stopping 31 of them. Andersen posted a .861 save percentage.
Freddy’s counter part Carter Hutton faced just 22 shots on net, saving 20 of them,
Hutton posted a .909 save percentage in the game.
Goal scorers in the third for Buffalo were Jack Eichel, Kyle, Okposo, and Jimmy Vesey.
With the loss Toronto gives up more much needed points in their quest for the playoffs.
The Leafs still sit four points ahead of the 4th place Florida Panthers but the gap between Toronto and the top teams is only increasing.
With injuries mounting and the Leafs inconsistency on offence things will need to turn around for there to be any hope come playoff time.
Toronto will now head to Pittsburgh for matchup with the Penguins on Tuesday night.
Puck drop is 7pm EST.