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At the Horn: Maple Leafs 2 - Sabres 5

Buffalo scores three goals in 1:31 in third period to secure victory

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres scored three goals in 1:31 at the start of the third period to pull ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday in a 5-2 win at KeyBank Center.

Jack Eichel broke a 2-2 6:06 into the final frame with a wrist shot on the power play and then Jimmy Vesey tallied at the 6:55 mark. Kyle Okposo raced in hard on the forecheck and roofed a shot over Frederik Andersen to give the Sabres a three-goal lead 7:37 in. 

The last time the Sabres scored three goals in 1:31 or less in a regular season game was April 3, 1998 against Boston. Brian Holzinger, Matthew Barnaby and Vaclav Varada all scored within a span of 1:08, according to the NHL's Stats and Information Department.

Video: TOR@BUF: Eichel, Okposo, Vesey score 1:31 apart

Buffalo had just withheld a strong offensive front from the Maple Leafs to start the third. 

Johan Larsson and Conor Sheary also scored for Buffalo. Larsson (1+1), Colin Miller (0+2) Rasmus Ristolainen (0+2) had multi-point nights.

Carter Hutton made 20 saves. He's won four games in a row and improved to 4-1-1 against Toronto in his career.

Okposo reached 500 career points with the goal. 

Egor Korshkov and Jach Hyman scored for Toronto. Korshkov's goal came as he made his NHL debut. 

What happened

The Sabres outshot Toronto 36-22 in the game and started off with a strong effort, but just couldn't beat Andersen early. 

With 2:10 left in the opening period, Vesey threw the puck on net as he curled out front for a wraparound attempt. The puck got caught in the top of Andersen's pad as he slid over the goal line. However, the officials ruled no goal and video review confirmed the puck did not completely cross the Toronto goal line.

Buffalo outshot Toronto 16-6 in the first 20 minutes of play. 

Larsson opened the scoring 1:32 into the second and just over a minute later, Victor Olofsson cranked one off the crossbar. The Sabres were able to go ahead 2-0 thanks to Sheary's goal at the 9:42 mark. 

Then Korshkov scored with 8:31 left and Hyman tied it 2:11 into the third when he deflected in a point shot from Jake Muzzin. 

Buffalo's goal run then started with Eichel's power play goal. 

The Sabres were able to hold on defensively, and killed off a penalty in the final three minutes. Jason Spezza hit he crossbar during that sequence. 


What it means

The Sabres are now 27-24-8 on the season and 18-10-4 at home. 

Eichel's goal gave him 23 points (14+9) in 17 career games against the Maple Leafs, including seven points (4+3) in four games against them this season. He has scored more goals against the Maple Leafs than against any other NHL opponent.

Tweet from @SabresPR: With tonight's goal, Jack Eichel (.824 G/GP vs. Toronto) surpassed Alex Ovechkin (.820) to become the active leader in goals per game against the Maple Leafs (min. 5 GP).

With an assist on Larsson's goal, Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 79 points (13+66) through his first 131 NHL games, tying Ray Bourque for most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman. He now trails only Phil Housley (132). 

He now has 35 points (4+31) in 49 games this season, and is riding a four-game point streak.

Since returning from injury, Victor Olofsson has three points (2+1) in two games. He has also recorded four points (1+3) in four games against Toronto this season.

Roll the highlight reel

Rick Jeanneret's call of Eichel's goal is classic RJ:

Video: TOR@BUF: Eichel rips short-side wrister home for PPG

Coming up 

The Sabres will practice on Monday before heading to Ottawa for a game against the Senators on Tuesday. 

Pregame coverage on MSG will start at 7 p.m. Faceoff has been pushed back to 7:52 p.m. That's because the Senators are holding a pregame ceremony as they retire former defenseman Chris Phillips' jersey number. 

Stay tuned to this week for full coverage. 

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