BUFFALO, NY - (WKBW) Playing a more disciplined, energetic and passionate game, the Buffalo Sabres won their first game in the Ted Nolan-Pat LaFontaine era. The Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night 3-1.
Trevor Smith gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead in the second period. But the Sabres responded later in the frame as Steve Ott scored on the power play, then set up Marcus Foligno's third goal of the season.
Christian Ehrhoff scored an empty net goal late in regulation after making a save in his own crease with Ryan Miller out of position.
Ryan Miller made 32 saves for the Sabres.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 24 shots for Toronto.
It was the Sabres' first game since LaFontaine was named the organization's President of Hockey Operations and Nolan was hired as Interim Head Coach. Former General Manager Darcy Regier and Head Coach Ron Rolston were fired Tuesday night.
The two teams play again on Saturday night in Toronto.