NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Toronto|
(Tuesday, January 10th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Buffalo 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jonas Gustavsson stopped all 32 shots fired his
way for his third career shutout and second of the season, as the Toronto
Maple Leafs took down the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, at Air Canada Centre.
Nikolai Kulemin finished with a goal and an assist, while Mikhail Grabovski
also lit the lamp for the Maple Leafs, who have won four consecutive games.
"He's been healthy the whole season and naturally his confidence has grown,"
Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said of his netminder. "He had a great
November, didn't play much in December, but he's come in this month and done
very well. He's confident and making key saves when we need him."
Ryan Miller was tagged with both goals on 28 shots in defeat for the Sabres,
who have lost three straight games.
Toronto opened the scoring at 8:22 of the first period on the power play when
Cody Franson fired a shot from the right point that was stopped by Miller,
but Kulemin corralled the rebound and poked it past the Sabres netminder to
give his team the 1-0 lead.
The Leafs extended their lead to 2-0 at 17:55 of the first period with some
excellent passing out of the defensive zone. Kulemin accepted a pass in the
neutral zone from Joey Crabb and backhanded one off the legs of two Sabres
defensemen before the puck made its way to Grabovski, who went to his backhand
and lifted the puck over the left shoulder of Miller from the right circle
Buffalo got eight shots on net in the second period, and 14 in the third
frame, but was ultimately unable to beat Gustavsson.
The Sabers pulled Miller with under two minutes to play in regulation in hopes
of at least getting one goal on the board, but Gustavsson stood tall and
preserved the shutout.
Buffalo was shut out for just the second time this season.
"I thought our execution early on wasn't that good," Sabres head coach Lindy
Ruff said. "We missed a few passes, some of them were errant and obviously
taking the penalty hurt us."
Toronto has won five of the last six meetings between the teams...Sabres
forward Thomas Vanek left the game in the second period with an upper-body
injury...Buffalo did not have any power-play opportunities, while the Maple
Leafs went 1-for-4 with the man advantage...These two teams will complete the
back end of a home-and-home series in Buffalo on Friday.
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