Gamenight: Sabres lead Toronto 2-1 after one period

March 05, 2018 - 7:40 pm

First Period

18:59 - One of the first Go Leafs Go! chants erupts from the many Toronto fans here tonight. I expect it will be a common refrain from the seating bowl and most here appear to be wearing Maple Leafs' gear.

18:07 - SABRES GOAL. It took just seconds, but Sam Reinhart tips home Rasmus Ristolainen's point shot as he blew by the top of the crease for the game's first goal. It comes with Connor Carrick in the box for high sticking. More nights than not since the calendar has turned to 2018, Reinhart has been on the right side of the scoring ledger. 1-0 BUF.

16:28 - Paul reminds us that the last two games have not been kind to Frederik Andersen: 

Andersen has now given up 6 goals in his last 33 minutes.

— Paul Hamilton (@pham1717) March 6, 2018

16:17 - SABRES GOAL. Jason Pominville is getting the credit for the second Buffalo goal. The puck definitely hit off of Nazem Kadri's skate in front of Frederik Andersen and was re-directed into the Toronto goal. The blue and gold have a stranglehold on this game early. 2-0 BUF.

11:41 - Chad Johnson was forced to make a big save moments ago to keep the score at 2-0 in favor of the home team. Patrick Marleau split right between the Buffalo defense and walked down the slot with the puck. Johnson did not give up on the play and the lead is still at two goals.

5:10 - The pace of this game has been very good so far. The action is end-to-end with both teams getting scoring chances. Johnson has made some more big saves, including bailing Casey Nelson out on a turnover he made in his own zone.  

1:04 - Zemgus Girgensons is called for high sticking. It would be big here for the Sabres to escape this period with a 2-0 lead an not yield a power play goal against.

:7.4 - MAPLE LEAFS GOAL. Leo Komarov converts on a rebound chance in front of the net, Benoit Pouliot coiuld not tie up the Toronto forward and it haunts the blue and gold. 2-1 BUF.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: 1:53 - Sam Reinhart (16) PPG (Rasmus Ristolainen, Kyle Okposo. 3:43 - Jason Pominville (11) (Rasmus Ristolainen, Johan Larsson)
TOR: 19:52 - Leo Komarov (6) PPG (William Nylander, Patrick Marleau)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 18:39 - Zemgus Girgensons (2 min., high sticking)
TOR: 1:21 - Connor Carrick (2 min., high sticking)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 6, TOR - 14

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