Well, it wasn’t as bad as the last one.
Once again the Toronto Maple Leafs gave up a lead they had built in the second period and went on to lose in extra time. This time it was 3-2 overtime loss to the lowly Buffalo Sabres.
Phil Kessel scored in a mostly Leaf-dominated first period. The Leafs were able to keep the pressure on for most of the opening stanza, almost expanding the lead on multiple occasions.
The second period was an entirely different story. Although the score made it look like it was back and forth action, it was mostly Sabres. The Leafs penalty kill again faltered as Matt Moulson was able to tie the game with a Sabres’ man advantage eight minutes into the second period.
The third period didn’t solve anything. Other than the Sabres putting on more pressure, the third period almost put me to sleep.
The game headed to overtime with the Sabres again on the power play after a Paul Ranger holding penalty was called with a minute and 32 seconds left in the third. The Leafs were able to kill of the remaining 28 seconds in overtime, but 10 seconds later, Christian Ehrhoff would once again be the hero against the Leafs as he scored to give the Sabres the win.
The Leafs were out shot once again, although not badly as it was only a 29-24 margin.
Even though the Leafs have lost three straight games now, at least they have managed to get at least a point in the last two. It may hurt now, but every point is valuable and these points could mean something at the end of the season.
The big negative of the last two games is that the Leafs have not been able to hold leads. That has to change now.