- The Sabres put an exclamation point in the home and home season against the
Toronto Maple Leafs as Buffalo won 6-3 in a game that saw the Sabres score the
first 3 goals. Then Toronto scored the next 3 before Michael Peca's tip in of
a Zhitnik blast very late in the 2nd period gave Buffalo the lead for good.
Buffalo scored the only 2 goals of the 3rd period to frustrate the Leafs.
The big star of the game however was Geoff Sanderson who got his first hat
trick as a Sabre with some good goals. He scored on a slap shot, a wrist shot
and then got the Hat Trick after Rob Ray made a fine play at the red line to
get him the puck.
The Leafs wanted to hit everything in sight. Matthew Barnaby was the target of
Kris King and Tie Domi, but it mattered not as the Sabres now find themselves
only 1 point back of Toronto. The Sabres began the 2 game series 5 points
back, but the win in Buffalo Friday night and then Saturday night's 6-3
victory pulled Buffalo up in the standings in the Northeast Division.
The Buffalo defense, in the third period, played a strong game in preventing
the forechecking Leafs to get even. When Buffalo got the 5th goal (Sanderson's
3rd), it was evident that a lot went out of Toronto. As it was on Friday, the
game was a rough affair with some very hard hitting and some questionable work
by Stephen Walkom who allowed the Leafs to get away with a lot of stuff. Hasek
was being worked over, but the Sabres made their last visit to the Garden a
winning one. Their next game will be in the new arena. Toronto again outshot
Toronto had many chances in the game, especially Thomas and Koralev but missed
the net. Dominik Hasek also contributed by making many big saves in the game.
Besides Sanderson's 3 goals, other scorers for the Sabres were Satan (his
first of the year Peca and Zhitnik's empty netter when Quinn pulled Potvin.
The Sabres have rattled Toronto for 10 goals in the two games. They will meet
again in 3 weeks in another home and home series.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won only once against the Sabres in the last 13
games and the Sabres victory in Buffalo Friday night saw the Leafs winless
streak in Buffalo extended. Toronto has not beaten Buffalo on its home ice
Here's how the action went in the game.
The Leafs started the game the same way they did Friday night, physical with a
lot of forechecking. Michael Grosek took a penalty 1:25 into the game putting
Toronto on the power play. With Toronto in possession in the Buffalo zone Mike
Johnson was called for interference at 3:15.
Buffalo then went on a 1:50 power play and put pressure on Toronto forcing
Felix Potvin to make a fine save as Grosek and Satan took swipes at it.
Toronto took another penalty giving the Sabres a brief 5 on 3 advantage for 52
seconds. Buffalo got a couple of shots on Potvin but he stopped them both. The
next time Buffalo broke in , Potvin couldn't stop the shot off the stick of
Miroslav Satan. Alexei Zhitnik took the initial shot that was stopped but it
came right onto the stick of Satan for his 1st goal of the season to give the
Sabres a 1-0 lead at 5:16.
Stephen Walkom the "ref" then got Paul Kruse for cross checking and the Leafs
went on their 2nd power play at 5:53. Derek King missed on a good chance and
Hasek made a couple of saves as the Sabres got back to full strength.
After a face off, Kris King immediately dropped his gloves and went after
Matthew Barnaby and did most of the landing of punches before the officials
stepped in at 8:29. Pat Quinn put Tie Domi on the ice and Lindy Ruff sent out
Rob Ray. When the Maple Leafs got a clearing pass to Domi at the red line,
Alexei Zhitnik tripped up the little tough guy, putting the Leafs on the PP
again at the halfway point in the period.
Toronto sent quite a few shots toward the net as they controlled the play in
the Sabres zone for a long stretch before Buffalo could clear it. Buffalo
returned to full strength with a little more than 8 minutes left in the
period. As Potvin stopped a Grosek shot, the Sabre skated toward him. Eakins
of the Leafs then jumped Grosek from behind and they scuffled for a minute
before being escorted to the penalty box. Both got 5 minute fighting penalties
at 12:42. With 5:05 left, Barnaby and King returned back to the ice and
Barnaby began jawing at Domi from their respective benches.
With both teams skating up and down, Miroslav Satan had the puck inside the
Leafs blue line and sent a cross ice pass to Geoff Sanderson. He let a strong
shot go from the top of the faceoff circle with just under 3 minutes left in
the period that zipped by Potvin to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead as both teams
skated off the rest of the period without any further scoring, though Hasek
made a good save on a Thomas shot with 20 seconds left.
The Leafs peppered Hasek with 12 shots in the period - all saves. Buffalo sent
9 shots on Potvin.
After Hasek made a fine save on Sundin, Potvin made a good one on Peca inside
the first minute. Then came round two of the Barnaby & King match as they went
at it once again. Both got in some good shots and Walkom sent them off for 5
minutes at 1:26. When Rob Ray came on the ice, coach Quinn pulled Domi off.
After the faceoff in the Sabres zone, Rob Ray did a great job. Woolley had the
puck back of the net and sent it toward center ice where Ray tipped it to
Geoff Sanderson streaking across the blue line. Sanderson blasted his 2nd goal
of the night (and 4th of the season) past Potvin to give the Sabres a 3-0 lead
at 1:40 of the period.
For the next 4 minutes, it was all Toronto as they kept the pressure on Hasek.
Bffalo took a penalty and Toronto went on yet another power play. Thomas had 2
clear shots and Koralev 2 more, all missing the net. Buffalo again killed off
With a little more than 12 minutes left Buffalo had 3 great shots on Potvin
that were turned away. Back came the Leafs and put huge pressure on Hasek in
the Sabres zone that paid off with the Leafs first goal. At 8:22 Domi had the
puck in back of the net and slid a nice pass to Sullivan who slipped it past
Hasek, making the score 3-1.
It didn't long for the Leafs to score again. The Sabres allowed the Leafs to
control the puck. Buffalo was not taking the body as they had been in the
first period and Toronto was forechecking furiously. Hasek made a save and
when he was down on the ice, the Toronto shot by Mike Johnson was slammed into
an empty net. The play was reviewed but the goal stood and it was 3-2. Seconds
later Varada had the puck deep but didn't shoot.
The 2 quick Toronto goals gave them new life as they began charging time and
time again. Steve Thomas missed on a shot. Then with a faceoff in the Sabres
zone, Sundin won the face off, sending it to Igor Koralev who blasted a bullet
past Hasek with a shade over 8 minutes left in the period and the game was all
even at 3 apiece.
Toronto was hitting everything in sight as the forechecking Leafs had the
Sabres running around in their own zone for the next minute and a half with
Domi leading the way. Referee Walkom is letting a lot of stuff go.
Buffalo regained the lead at 4-3 with some hard work of their own. Dixon Ward
began the play inside the Leafs zone. He got possession behind the net and
sent it to the point where Zhitnik rifled it to the right of Potvin with under
3 minutes to go. The period ended - a period that belonged to Toronto until
Buffalo got the go-ahead goal.
- LINDROS GETS BOOT, HASEK THE SHUTOUT
(AP) Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek recorded his 37th career shutout and
Philadelphia Flyers center Eric Lindros was ejected from the game late in
the first period as the Sabres won 3-0 before a sellout crowd in Marine
Midland Arena last night. Hasek made 31 saves and Geoff Sanderson, Darryl
Shannon and Brian Holzinger scored for the Sabres, who were outshot 31-15.
Buffalo is now 7-0-1 in its last eight home games this season. The Flyers
had won two in a row and six of their previous seven before Friday's loss.
Lindros, tied with Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr as the top scorer in the league
with 33 points, slashed Sabres defenseman Jay McKee and drew a game
misconduct with 43 seconds left in the first period. It was the second game
misconduct of Lindros' career and his first since an October 1992 game at
St. Louis. The penalty left the Flyers shorthanded for five minutes, and the
Sabres unloaded six shots on the power play and scored for a 3-0 lead two
minutes into the second period. Holzinger's tip-in of Shannon's blast from
the blue line broke a string of 24 straight Buffalo power plays killed by
Philadelphia. Hasek, the only goaltender in the league to have appeared in
all of his team's games this season, moved into a tie for 24th on NHL's
all-time shutout list with Johnny Bower. Hasek has given up 13 goals in 10
games at home this season.