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Reimer Survives Epic Shootout as Maple Leafs Beat Sabres

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Reimer Survives Epic Shootout as Maple Leafs Beat Sabres
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Buffalo Sabres 2
Three Stars of the Game
Mark Pysyk
1st
Mark Pysyk
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:59
James Reimer
2nd
SA: 40TOI: 64:19
GA: 2
PIM: 0
SV%: .950
Jhonas Enroth
3rd
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 34TOI: 64:32
GA: 2
PIM: 0
SV%: .941

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- None too happy about Paul Ranger trying to kick the puck past him in the shootout, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth slashed the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman as he skated by.

"My first reaction was that he tried to embarrass me there a little bit, but when I look at it now, it's good (the) guy's trying to be creative, I guess," he said.

Enroth had plenty of time to think because the shootout went an incredible 15 rounds, including 29 combined shooters who didn't score a goal. When it was over the Leafs had a 3-2 victory Saturday night thanks to Jay McClement's winner, but the Sabres got their kicks out of the pre-season marathon.

"At one point I think both refs were just going to call it a draw and kind of pick up the puck and go home and be old-school NHL there for a second and call it a tie," Sabres forward Steve Ott said. "But both performances by both goalies in the shootout was pretty spectacular to watch. I've never seen that before."

Leafs goaltender James Reimer stopped all 15 shots he saw after making 38 saves in regulation and overtime. Reimer went 0 for 5 in shootouts last season with a .625 save percentage, and wasn't making much of this.

"It's good to get out there and for me to stop some pucks and for guys to get some reps, but it's exhibition and it's a little looser," Reimer said. "I think it's a little different when it's during a game and two points are on the line."

Ranger probably wouldn't have tried this in a real game. He learned his "kick shot" from a friend at the age of 10 or 11 and perfected it enough that it beat goalies in practice plenty.

"It's gotten to the point where I can rip it pretty good, I feel like," he said. "The cool part of it is I have no idea where it's going, and the goalie doesn't either because I sure don't."

Asked about Enroth's slash and the idea that it was not the right thing to do, Ranger said: "Not the right thing to do? I'm trying to score. Quite honestly it's fun and, to be honest, I'm not trying to show boat, and if he thought that, then it is what it is. Whatever."

Ott gave Ranger credit for the kick being a "pretty heavy shot." But it was a deke by McClement that finally ended things.

"A lot of light-heartenedness taking place on the bench," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "A lot of guys betting on Jay, so we waited right till the end."

Before the shootout, the game had the chippiness normally reserved for the regular season. It featured three fights, including Troy Bodie taking on Patrick Kaleta after the Sabres agitator went after captain Dion Phaneuf.

From the Leafs' perspective, Ott started the trouble before that dust-up.

"I think Ott intentionally shot the puck at Dion," Carlyle said. "That's what it appeared from where we were. Those are the kind of things that in exhibition are kind of questionable at this point."

The Leafs and Sabres played on the edge all night. Carlyle said it the 15-round was something he had never seen before, but even for those with similar experiences this was something unique.

"We had one in Rochester, I think we went through everybody except for maybe Joe Finley. I think we had a call-up score," Rolston said. "(This one) was bizarre, especially with no goals."

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
10:20
BUF
Mark Pysyk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew Stafford (1)
1 - 0 BUF
12:26
BUF
Marcus Foligno (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Tyler Ennis (1), Mark Pysyk (1)
2 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
09:53
TOR
Jamie Devane (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Leivo (1), Mark Fraser (1)
2 - 1 BUF
15:23
TOR
Jay McClement (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Carter Ashton (1), Nikolay Kulemin (1)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBUFTOR
1T. EnnisM. Raymond
2M. GrigorenkoT. Bozak
3D. StaffordN. Kulemin
4V. LeinoP. Kessel
5M. FolignoJ. Leivo
6B. FlynnJ. Gardiner
7S. OttT. Smith
8J. McBainJ. Colborne
9M. PysykS. Percy
10K. PorterP. Ranger
11P. KaletaD. Phaneuf
12C. EhrhoffD. Broll
13R. RistolainenC. Ashton
14C. McCormickC. Gunnarsson
15A. SulzerJ. McClement
penalty summary
1st Period
01:25
BUF
Steve Ott  Tripping  - 2 min against  Paul Ranger
06:17
TOR
Jamie Devane  Roughing  - 2 min against  Patrick Kaleta
13:06
BUF
Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  David Broll
13:06
TOR
David Broll  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Cody McCormick
13:06
BUF
Cody McCormick  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  David Broll
13:06
TOR
David Broll  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Cody McCormick
15:41
BUF
Steve Ott  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Carter Ashton
15:41
TOR
Carter Ashton  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Steve Ott
2nd Period
01:49
TOR
Joe Colborne  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Zemgus Girgensons
07:04
BUF
Mike Weber  Holding  - 2 min against  Phil Kessel
13:12
TOR
Troy Bodie  Boarding  - 2 min against  Alexander Sulzer
16:51
TOR
Jamie Devane  Illegal Check To Head  - 2 min against  Patrick Kaleta
19:48
TOR
Jake Gardiner  Tripping  - 2 min against  Brian Flynn
3rd Period
02:21
BUF
Brian Flynn  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jake Gardiner
17:54
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Troy Bodie
17:54
TOR
Troy Bodie  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Patrick Kaleta
OT Period
00:25
BUF
Mike Weber  Roughing  - 2 min against  Dion Phaneuf
00:25
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing  - 2 min against  Mike Weber
01:38
BUF
Zemgus Girgensons  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
goalie stats
James Reimer
SA: 40TOI: 64:19
GA: 2SV%: .950
Jhonas Enroth
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 34TOI: 64:32
GA: 2SV%: .941
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