Matt Iaboni November 26, 2010
The Leafs were undisciplined in the first 10 minutes of the game and it cost them two points. Colton Orr went after Paul Gaustad and was assessed six minutes in the box. Kristopher Versteeg was called for elbowing shortly after, giving the Sabres a two-man advantage.
The Sabres took advantage as Jordan Leopold wired a shot past Jonas Gustavsson. Thomas Vanek added another power-play goal as the Sabres scored two goals in 1:45.
Chances for the Leafs without a power-play goal against Buffalo.
Goals in the last five road games for the Leafs.
Leafs' record in the first game of a back-to-back.
Like most games involving the Leafs and Sabres, Ryan Miller was the difference maker. After sitting out the last two games with a groin injury, Miller returned on Friday and was excellent as usual.
The Leafs turned up the offence in the second and third periods firing 31 of their 36 shots at Miller. He was brilliant as he improved his record against Toronto to 23-8-0 narrowly missing his fifth career shutout when Phil Kessel scored late in the third.
After being benched for a few shifts in Monday's win, Phil Kessel was the most dangerous Leaf on the night. He and Nikolai Kulemin both had seven shots.
Kessel also scored for just the third time in the last 13 games. He played the third most minutes in the game (23:32) while scoring the Leafs' goal. It came late in the third and was the first shorthanded goal of the season for the Leafs and it was his first-ever shorty.
Coming into Friday's game, the Leafs had won three of four games but the Buffalo curse continued as the Leafs lost their sixth straight in the Queen City and 12 of 13 overall.
In Leafs history in Buffalo they now fall to 25-55-6-2. It is total domination by the Sabres when they play at home against Toronto. With two games left in Buffalo, the Leafs will look for any way to end their struggles against the Sabres.
Ron Wilson on the undisciplined play in the first period:
"We did take some bad penalties there in the emotion of the moment and they kind of put us away right there. I’ve never seen a guy get six minutes for roughing before, but he did and we didn’t get the job done killing penalties. Steeger (Kristopher Versteeg) got slashed on the faceoff and then he just lost his composure and took a bad penalty and that pretty much killed us."
Saturday, November 27 @ Ottawa
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)
The Leafs close out the back-to-back when they face the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa.
The Senators will also be playing the second game of a back-to-back. They lost 2-1 to Pittsburgh Friday afternoon and have lost five of their past six games. The Leafs and Senators have split the first two games this season.