Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post
The Toronto Maple Leafs franchise record 13-game home winning streak came to a crashing end on Tuesday, thanks to Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres.
Eichel powered the Sabres to the victory with two goals, out performing his rival countryman Auston Matthews on the night.
Even after the victory, Buffalo continues to occupy last place in the entire NHL, with a lowly 60 points through 76 games.
Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson had an excellent night, turning away 39 of a possible 41 shots.
Only two shots got behind the Sabres goalie, both coming in the second period.
The first being a shot from the high slot off the stick of Nazem Kadri on a bang-bang play
The second, a power play goal on the door step by Patrick Marleau, off of a spectacular set up from Matthews,
Casey Nelson also scored for Buffalo in the game, firing a point shot which ended up deflecting off Leaf defender Roman Polak.
Toronto will prepare for their next game, another home tilt coming against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday.
Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from The Air Canada Centre and can be viewed on Sportsnet.
More news from the ice
- This was Toronto’s first loss at the Air Canada Centre since January 22, which was a 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche
- The Maple Leafs continue to sit at 97 points on the season season, six back of the franchise record (103)
- The Leafs also continue to sit tied with their franchise record for most wins in a season with 45, and home wins in a season with 26, a win on Wednesday would set new records in both categories
- Centre Nazem Kadri now has back to back 30 goal seasons for the first time in his career
- Winger Patrick Marleau sits at 58th on the NHL’s all time leading points list, only one point behind Joe Nieuwendyk and Mike Bossy for 56th on the leaderboard
- Winger Leo Komarov continues skating with the team and is very close to returning from his knee injury
More coverage to follow. Image from Sportsnet.