Despite getting off to a slow start, Toronto pressed late in the first. With 14 minutes gone, Nazem Kadri had a few cracks at a loose puck at the side of the net but Ryan Miller stacked the pads to keep the Leafs off the scoreboard.
Toronto forward Phil Kessel had a few chances to even the score in the opening minutes of the second, but Miller stopped everything that came at him.
Despite being outshot 15-4 in the second period, the Sabres nearly doubled their lead six minutes into the period. On a rare foray into the Leafs zone, T.J. Brennan rang a shot off the crossbar that beat Reimer cleanly.
The play leading up to Toronto's equalizer was started and finished by Kessel. Kessel started the play by passing to John-Michael Liles. Liles brought the puck right in front of the net before being checked but the loose puck fell to Kessel, who banged it in at 8:32 of the second.
Miller saved the game for the Sabres just seconds after his team had taken the lead. Having played himself out of position, Miller was able to sprawl back and get his glove to a goal-bound shot off the stick of Joffrey Lupul.
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Arena: Air Canada Centre Location: Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Dave Jackson, Eric Furlatt Linesmen: Steve Barton, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 18,845 (100.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Corey Tropp (1)
Assist: Matt Ellis
Phil Kessel (1)
Assists: John-Michael Liles, Nazem Kadri
Jason Pominville (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Christian Ehrhoff, Marc-Andre Gragnani