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Sharpen Up: January 18, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Definitely a disappointing result last night as Buffalo fell to Toronto 4-3 at Air Canada Centre. The Sabres jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the second period was unkind. The Maple Leafs scored three times in the middle frame to take control of the game and added the eventual game-winner on the power play midway through the third. 

Here's what you need to know.

Video: BUF Recap: Sabres drop early lead, lose to Leafs, 4-3

The Sabres were hoping to build off their 4-1 win over Dallas on Monday afternoon, but obviously, that didn't happen.

"I think we're skating, we're working, we've just go to find a way to string a few together," Sabres forward Kyle Okposo said. "It's up and down, just win one, lose one, win two, lose two. We've just got to find a way to use [our] speed and just play full 60s."

Okposo opened the scoring to start the Sabres off on the right foot. Then Evander Kane tallied near the end of the first, but Toronto controlled the play in the second period. 

Buffalo ended up getting close when William Carrier scored to make it 4-3, but that's as close as Buffalo would get. 

Robin Lehner allowed three goals and 13 shots before being relieved by Anders Nilsson after Toronto took the 3-2 lead. Nilsson stopped 15 of 16 shots, but took the loss. 

Let's hear from inside the locker room:

Video: Brian Gionta on the postgame show

Video: Eichel: Postgame Interview at TOR 

 Video: Okposo: Postgame Interview at TOR

Video: BYLSMA: Postgame Interview at TOR 

 Video: Carrier: Postgame Interview at TOR

Video: Lehner: Postgame Interview at TOR 


Medical report

Tyler Ennis did not play last night. From the recap:

Ennis, one day removed from scoring in his return from a 30-game absence, did not play in the game. Bylsma said it was the team's plan to keep Ennis from playing back-to-back games so soon after his lenghty recovery from groin surgery.
"It wasn't unexpected from our standpoint, just more precautionary, him coming back from his injury and not playing back-to-back games." Bylsma said.


On tap today

The Sabres will return to practice tomorrow as they get ready for another back-to-back set of games. They'll host Detroit on Friday at KeyBank Center and then travel to Montreal for a game against the Canadiens on Saturday. 

Friday's game is also a Report Card Night. Students in grades K-12 who have at least one A or A equivalent on their most recent report card will earn one free 300 Level II ticket to one of the two games.

Additional tickets for family & friends can be purchased for $40 each. Stop by the KeyBank Center Box Office or click here for more info. 

Also today, we'll have a behind-the-scenes blog from Lauren Hall. 

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