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Leafs Can't Hang On In Shootout Loss

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs


BUFFALO, N.Y. --
Evander Kane tied it with 4:29 left with his first goal for Buffalo and the Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in a shootout Wednesday night.

Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis scored in the shootout, while Chad Johnson made 23 saves as Buffalo improved to 2-4.

P.A. Parenteau scored and Jonathan Bernier made 34 saves as the Maple Leafs fell to 1-3-2.

Buffalo got off to a fast start, but it was Parenteau who opened the scoring when he redirected Roman Polak's shot from the right point over Johnson's shoulder at the 1:28 mark.

Kane pushed a wrister past Bernier on Buffalo's 33rd shot of the night. Buffalo acquired Kane from Winnipeg in February, but he was unable to play until this season after having shoulder surgery.

The game went to 3-on-3 overtime, where Buffalo quickly had a 3-on-1 foiled by Bernier.

Johnson made an acrobatic left pad save to stop Kadri deep into overtime, and Toronto missed two further chances to score.

In the first, Kane picked up a loose puck to spring a 2-on-1 with rookie Jack Eichel, but elected to make a pass that was pushed away from danger.

The pair was responsible for much of the Sabres' attack, with 13 of Buffalo's 35 shots on goal.

Bernier made a point blank stop on Matt Moulson during a Buffalo power play about nine minutes into the period, and then denied Kane moments later.

Off Tyler Ennis' takeaway at the blue line, Nicolas Deslauriers put a shot past Bernier but off the cross bar.

Buffalo finished the first with a 12-6 advantage in shots.

Toronto took eight of the first nine second-period shots, but Buffalo started to find its form with Nick Spaling in the box for interfering with Johnson.

Bernier was called into action for five shots on the power play, including a pair of scrums near his crease.

Buffalo took control of the third period midway through and raised the Leafs' ire when Kane plowed through Dion Phaneuf near the blue line, dropping Toronto's captain to the ice with a high stick.

Ennis and Cody Franson each had chances to beat Bernier during a possession with about six minutes left, but the Toronto goaltender saved both.

NOTES: Toronto out shot Buffalo 3-1 in overtime. ... The Sabres placed D Bobby Sanguinetti on waivers earlier Wednesday. ... Toronto's Jake Gardiner missed the game with an injury.

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