Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres - Game Report - March 20, 2019

Nabeela Damji
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Toronto Maple Leafs put last night’s loss behind them and moved on fairly quickly, earning a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

John Tavares and Auston Matthews each had a goal and an assist, as the Leafs moved to within four points of the Boston Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division.  Mitchell Marner and Zach Hyman also scored, while Garret Sparks stopped 22 shots for the Leafs.  

Casey Mittelstadt and Alexander Nylander scored for Buffalo, who have gone 41 games since winning consecutive outings.

The Leafs were down 1-0 but overcame that deficit by scoring three unanswered goals, including two by Tavares and Marner 1:50 apart, spanning the second intermission.

The Sabres opened the scoring despite the fact that they were outshot 18-5 y the first goal. Mittelstadt scored on the power-play at 15:04.  Rasmus Dahlin’s got his 38th point on that goal, and moved him ahead of Bobby Orr for second-most by an NHL defenceman before his 19th birthday.

Tavares scored the go-ahead goal with 1:28 left in the second period when William Nylander’s shot struck the crossbar, and bounced to the left of the net, hitting  Jack Eichel’s knee and back to the crease, where Tavares tapped it in.

Tavares then set up Marner’s goal 22 seconds into the third period with a no-look backhand pass, who wired one under Carter Hutton’s blocker.

Buffalo’s Nylander made it 3-2 with 14:23 left with a one-timer off a pass from Vladimir Sobotka.

 Zach Hyman added the empty netter to make it 4-2 Leafs.