Toronto, ON (WKBW) After another disappointing loss at home Friday night to Montreal, the Sabres traveled to Toronto to face the rival Leafs. The hope, that the the road would be better for the team than the HSBC Arena has been so far this season.
It was the Hall of Fame game, honoring hockey legends like Scotty Bowman. Late in the first period, game tied at zero, when Mikhail Grabovski's point shot deflected off of a skate in front, beating Jonas Enroth. Toronto looked good in the first, going into the intermission with a 1-0 lead.
In the second Nikoli Kunemin stole the puck in the Sabres' zone, took the puck to the net, and beat Enroth to double the Leaf lead to two. But the Sabres would come back, as late in the period, Derek Roy batted the puck out of the air in the crease and into the net, putting the Sabres on the board. The Leafs led 2-1 after two periods.
The score remained the same until the final minute of the game. Time ticking down, the Sabres pulled their goaltender for the extra skater. And with thirteen seconds left in the game, Jochen Hecht put in the rebound to tie the game at two. The teams would need extra time to decide this divisional matchup.
The game would go to a shootout. After a phenomenal stop by Enroth on Phil Kessel, the shootout would go to extra shooters. Tyler Ennis stepped up with a chance to win the game for the Sabres. A quick deke, a Jean-Sebastien Giguere poke-check, and Ennis netted the game winner.
The Sabres win on the road, 3-2 final in a shootout. This breaks the Sabres five game losing streak, and gives them a big two points as they try to climb out of the cellar of the league.