Matthew Iaboni December 18, 2009
With the Leafs and Sabres tied at 1-1 early in the second period, Tony Lydman's harmless looking shot from the blueline was mishandled by Vesa Toskala, the puck rolled into the net for the 2-1 Sabres lead.
It was all downhill from there as the Sabres would go on to score two more goals as they scored four goals on 10 shots against Toskala who was pulled for Jonas Gustavsson.
Career NHL goal for Viktor Stalberg.
Goals allowed by Vesa Toskala on 10 shots.
Straight wins for the Sabres over the Maple Leafs.
Goals the Leafs have allowed in their last three road games.
Leafs record in the first game of back-to-backs.
Tyler Myers was a force all night long patrolling the blueline for the Sabres. The 6'8" 19-year-old Myers is a leading candidate for the Calder Trophy.
Against the Leafs, Myers was out every time Phil Kessel was on the ice and he neutralized the Leafs sharpshooter with his long reach and quick feet. Myers played 22:24, showed great speed to pick up an assist and he was a plus one on the night.
After playing most of the first month in the NHL, Viktor Stalberg was assigned to the Marlies where he picked up 21 points in 19 games.
Stalberg played on a line with Colton Orr and Jamal Mayers and he saw 15:20 of action with a team leading eight shots. Stalberg scored his first NHL goal on Ryan Miller. He used his speed to open space for his linemates and he had several good chances to pot more then one.
It remains a mystery as to why the Maple Leafs have always struggled against the Sabres. The Leafs all-time record is 57-90-18-4 while their record in Buffalo is 25-53-6-2.
Thousands of fans make the drive down the QEW to see their Blue and White in action but despite having a pro-Leafs crowd in attendance the team can't reverse their fortunes.
Ron Wilson's thoughts on the loss:
"When you're not getting any saves, everybody gets shakey and you suffer breakdowns because you start running around trying to do too much...they scored four goals on six shots and it's hard to play if you're not sure you're going to get a save."
Saturday December 19 vs. Boston Bruins 7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)
The Leafs close out their back-to-back with another meeting against the Boston Bruins. This is the third meeting in 15 days between the two teams.
The Bruins have dominated winning the first two meetings so far this season and they have won the last seven dating back to last season.