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Sharpen Up: September 23, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

It's another game night. Buffalo hosts Toronto tonight at KeyBank Center for their fourth game of the preseason. 

Great seats are still available, but if you can't make it to the rink, you're in luck. The Sportsnet feed of the game will air on MSG. To hear Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray's call of the game, you can tune in to WGR 550. 

Here's what you need to know.


Last night didn't go so well in Toronto. The Maple Leafs came away with a 3-0 victory over Buffalo at Ricoh Coliseum. Linus Ullmark was stellar in net, making 32 saves. 

From the game recap:

A lopsided first-period in favor of Toronto gave way to penalty trouble for Buffalo over the final 40 minutes, and a pair of late empty-net goals sealed a 3-0 win for the Maple Leafs.

Video: POSTGAME: Housley

"You're looking at a team, and I know it's early in preseason, but they lost two games, scored four goals and they gave up 11 against," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "You know they were going to come out with some hair on their back, and we weren't ready for that."

Video: POSTGAME: O'Reilly

"You could tell off the bat that we didn't have our legs," Ryan O'Reilly said. "That's tough, being on the other side of the puck. They were causing turnovers and forcing us to have to stick check, have to get back so it led to the penalties. Once it kind of got going with that, it was tough for us to gain any momentum back."

It was because of Ullmark that the Sabres were in the game at all. He made 32 saves and was the steady presence the Sabres needed on a night that saw the Maple Leafs spend ample time in their zone.

Video: POSTGAME: Ullmark

"I felt good," Ullmark said. "First real game of the season, it felt great to be out there. It was a lot of fun, especially against Toronto of all teams. Sadly we couldn't make the most of it and go back home for a win."

Evan Rodrigues, who has had a strong camp, left the game during the second period with an injury. Housley did not have an update after the game on his status. 

We'll have full lineup news coming up for you soon. Then come back for the full Morning Skate Report and our Game Preview. 


Party in the Plaza announced

The first game of the regular-season will be one you won't want to miss. And there are plenty of reasons to head to Alumni Plaza early.

The Party in the Plaza, presented by KeyBank will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Joywave will be there as will for a live performance. 

And Sabres alumni and Sabretooth will be on hand to sign autographs and hand out giveaways during the event, which is free to the public. Food samplings will be provided by Tim Hortons, Yancey's Fancy and Wegmans Sushi. Additionally, food and beverages will be available for purchase during the Party. All outdoor events are weather permitting.

 

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