Thanks to a fresh face in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Ben Scrivens and just enough Maple Leafs’ offense was able to take down the playoff charging Buffalo Sabres in a 4-3 win at the Air Canada Centre. Coming into this game most Sabres’ players must of been thinking that since the Maple Leafs have lost 11 straight games at home, this could be an easy two points. But the Maple Leafs’ got that monkey of their backs and snapped their historic home losing streak.
“I think it’s more of a relief from the players than the coach,” Carlyle said of picking up his first win in Toronto. “It’s been tough on everybody.”
“I know the guys in this room,” said Scrivens, who was called up on an emergency basis because Jonas Gustavsson is out with a bruised knee. “Nobody in this room has given up. No one in here was dogging it … hats off to the guys. They deserved it tonight.”
Scrivens was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League to replace injured James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson who are Maple Leafs’ top two goalies. Even though Scrivens let three goals during this game, overall I thought Scrivens played a calm and collective game, especially when Buffalo tried to make a comeback in the third. Scrivens saved 21 of 24 shots, but saved all eight Sabres’ power play shots. I expect Scrivens to start the remaining three games for the Maple Leafs.
As for scoring, Joey Crabb (11), Phil Kessel (40) and John-Michael Liles (7), while Matt Frattin (7) recorded the game winning goal.
Other than the Maple Leafs snapping their home losing streak which was huge; the most interesting thing that occurred in this game in my opinion, was the five penalties that were called during the game. A small amount of penalties taken in my opinion for these division rivals. It was great that the Maple Leafs won at home, but I did not see the usual physical play between these two teams.
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