Leafs Win Wild Affair

The Canadian Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

TORONTO _ Phil Kessel scored his first two goals of the pre-season and the Toronto Maple Leafs held off a third period Buffalo Sabres surge to hang on for a 5-3 win Sunday night.

The Leafs also had goals from Trevor Smith, Josh Leivo and Jake Gardiner while Nikita Zadorov, Jamie McBain and Corey Tropp scored for Buffalo.

Kessel was involved in the main flash point of the game at 10:01 of the third when he was targeted by Sabres' John Scott seconds after a fight between Leafs' Jamie Devane and Tropp.

Kessel backed away from Scott while twice swinging his stick at the Sabres tough guy before some of his teammates jumped in.

That precipitated a line brawl with Leafs' David Clarkson jumping off the bench to join the fray, and a goalie fight between Ryan Miller of the Sabres and Jonathan Bernier of the Leafs.

By the end of the game, the benches on both sides were looking bare after numerous fighting majors and 10-minute misconducts were handed out.

A night after the same two teams needed a 15-round shootout to settle a 3-2 win for the Leafs, Kessel opened the scoring at 1:35 of the first.

Kessel was camped in front of the Sabres goal and was in the right place when Tyler Bozak's centring pass was deflected into his path and he knocked in the loose puck.

Smith's first of the pre-season came just past the halfway mark when he was the beneficiary of another Buffalo deflection. Gardiner led a three-on-one rush into the Buffalo zone and fed a pass from the left side that took a deflection off a Buffalo skate and, with Miller taken out of position, Smith had a relatively easy tap-in.

After Zadorov got the Sabres on the board in the dying seconds of the first, Kessel restored the lead at 15:49 of the second period when he cut toward the middle of the ice from the left side and snapped a quick shot past Miller.

Leivo's goal proved to be the winner at 16:52 of the third when he banged in a cross-ice pass from James van Riemsdyk.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:35TOR Phil Kessel (1) Tip-in - ASST: Tyler Bozak (1), Carter Ashton (1) 1 - 0 TOR
10:01TOR Trevor Smith (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jake Gardiner (1), TJ Brennan (1) 2 - 0 TOR
19:33BUF Nikita Zadorov (1) Wrist shot - ASST: John Scott (1), Michael Zigomanis (1) 2 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
15:49TOR Phil Kessel (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Carter Ashton (2), Jonathan Bernier (1) 3 - 1 TOR
16:52TOR Josh Leivo (1) Snap shot - ASST: James van Riemsdyk (1), Joe Colborne (1) 4 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
08:31BUF PPG - Jamie McBain (1) Slapshot - ASST: Joel Armia (1), Mikhail Grigorenko (1) 4 - 2 TOR
09:57BUF Corey Tropp (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Jamie McBain (1), Marcus Foligno (1) 4 - 3 TOR
14:46TOR SHG - Jake Gardiner (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 5 - 3 TOR
Three Stars of the Game
Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 10
+/-: 1TOI: 15:50
Tyler Myers
Tyler Myers
G: 0Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 26:19
Jonathan Bernier
Jonathan Bernier
SA: 28TOI: 50:01
GA: 3
PIM: 17
SV%: .893
Penalty Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
02:19TOR Troy Bodie  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Drew Bagnall
02:19BUF Drew Bagnall  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Troy Bodie
17:47TOR Joe Colborne  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Jamie McBain
19:58BUF Marcus Foligno  Roughing  - 2 min against  Carter Ashton
19:58TOR Carter Ashton  Delaying Game-Smothering puck  - 2 min
3rd Period
00:52BUF Brayden McNabb  Tripping  - 2 min against  Nazem Kadri
07:14TOR James van Riemsdyk  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Ryan Miller
10:01BUF Chad Ruhwedel  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
10:01TOR Carter Ashton  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
10:01TOR Tyler Bozak  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
10:01TOR TJ Brennan  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
10:01TOR Andrew MacWilliam  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
10:01TOR Jonathan Bernier  Game misconduct  - 10 min
10:01BUF Drew Bagnall  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
10:01TOR Phil Kessel  Match penalty  - 10 min against  John Scott
10:01BUF Michael Zigomanis  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
10:01BUF Brian Flynn  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
10:01TOR David Clarkson  Leaving player's/penalty bench  - 10 min
10:01TOR Jamie Devane  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Corey Tropp
10:01BUF Corey Tropp  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jamie Devane
10:01BUF Ryan Miller  Game misconduct  - 10 min against  Jonathan Bernier
10:01TOR Andrew MacWilliam  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Michael Zigomanis
10:01TOR Tyler Bozak  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Chad Ruhwedel
10:01TOR Jonathan Bernier  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Ryan Miller
10:01TOR TJ Brennan  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Drew Bagnall
10:01BUF Brian Flynn  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Carter Ashton
10:01BUF Michael Zigomanis  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Andrew MacWilliam
10:01BUF Chad Ruhwedel  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Tyler Bozak
10:01BUF John Scott  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  David Clarkson
10:01BUF Ryan Miller  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jonathan Bernier
10:01BUF Drew Bagnall  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  TJ Brennan
10:01TOR Carter Ashton  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Drew Bagnall
10:01BUF John Scott served by Mikhail Grigorenko  Instigator  - 2 min against  Phil Kessel
10:01TOR Jonathan Bernier  Goalie leave crease  - 2 min against  Ryan Miller
10:01BUF Ryan Miller  Goalie leave crease  - 2 min
10:01BUF John Scott  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
10:01BUF John Scott  Game misconduct  - 10 min against  Phil Kessel
11:22TOR John-Michael Liles  Roughing  - 2 min against  Cody Hodgson
13:33BUF Joel Armia  Hooking  - 2 min against  Nazem Kadri
15:48TOR James van Riemsdyk  Roughing  - 2 min against  Brayden McNabb
15:48BUF Brayden McNabb  Roughing  - 2 min against  James van Riemsdyk
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/50/1
Faceoff Wins3728
Blocked Shots107
Penalty Minutes122117
4J. McBainD1112021:34
5C. RuhwedelD00-201513:31
8C. McCormickC001107:02
12K. PorterC00-21017:15
17M. ZigomanisC0110159:27
19C. HodgsonC0003018:33
22J. LarssonL00-20016:59
24D. BagnallD00-21209:34
25M. GrigorenkoC01-34018:44
32J. ScottL0100278:37
33J. ArmiaR01-13217:13
44B. McNabbD00-22423:35
57T. MyersD00-27026:19
61N. ZadorovD1011025:33
65B. FlynnC00-111514:10
72L. AdamC00-11014:21
78C. TroppR10-11514:08
82M. FolignoL0113214:14
30R. Miller2731.87149:59
31M. Hackett56.8339:59
19J. LupulL0014019:27
21J. van RiemsdykL0123415:37
22J. ColborneC0111214:35
23T. SmithC1002012:10
25T. BrennanD01021514:20
26J. LilesD0031221:07
32J. LeivoL1013012:12
37C. AshtonR02111714:39
40T. BodieR0012510:11
42T. BozakC01121516:31
43N. KadriC0012018:36
44M. RiellyD0004021:30
51J. GardinerD1134027:17
55K. HolzerD0011019:04
57A. MacWilliamD00-101515:57
59J. DevaneL000059:18
71D. ClarksonR00-111012:22
81P. KesselR20141015:50
35D. MacIntyre331.0009:59
45J. Bernier2528.89350:01