Maple Leafs beat Sabres 5-3

Buffalo's Sam Reinhart beats Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen

Buffalo's Sam Reinhart beats Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen

Frederik Gauthier had a goal and an assist for his first multipoint game in the National Hockey League, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 at Scotiabank Arena on Monday. Evan Rodrigues mismanaged the play in front of Hutton, sending the puck right to Matthews' stick for his 30th goal and the 2-1 lead.

"It's pretty humbling", said Matthews, who had 40 goals in his rookie season and 34 last season. He made the most of the opportunity, putting the puck over Ullmark's shoulder.

"I just do what I do. I know he's a competitive guy from what I hear".

It was during that two minutes that the Leafs scored three straight goals, then added another late on a Tyler Ennis breakaway and that was enough for the Leafs to hold on for a 5-3 over the Sabres.

"If you look at the month of March with the compact schedule that we have, it's important that you have the depth".

"We're hitting that point in the year where we've got to take another step and really dial it in".

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) celebrates with centre Auston Matthews (34) following their win over the Buffalo Sabres in NHL hockey action in Toronto, Ont., on February 25, 2019. It's something we scouted before the game, so you have to take care of the puck and whenever they get the puck, they're looking to go.

"We had like seven or eight minutes of bad hockey where we let them get behind us, and that was it", Eichel said. "They had too many odd-man rushes in the second period and it cost us the game".

Carter Hutton will start in goal for Buffalo. He was replaced by Linus Ullmark, who made 19 saves.

Buffalo opened the scoring on Eichel's 20th goal of the season as part of a dominant first period that saw the Sabres out-shoot the Maple Leafs 16-6.

The Leafs also recalled winger Trevor Moore from the AHL Marlies on an emergency basis for Monday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

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The Buffalo captain didn't miss in the opening seconds of the third period, however, rushing down the ice after winning the faceoff and snapping a shot over Frederik Andersen's blocker.

Tavares tied it 1-1 at 3:48 of the second period on a redirection of Jake Muzzin's point shot at the top of the crease.

Matthews scored while the announcer was still giving details on Tavares' goal. Toronto made it 3-1 only 28-seconds later on Gauthier's third of the year, sending the Toronto crowd into a frenzy and Hutton to the bench. That ended Hutton's night, with Ullmark coming on in relief.

"No, I probably should", said Okposo.

Buffalo's Sam Reinhart beats Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen. Eichel scored 9 seconds into the third period, cutting Toronto's lead to 4-3.

When play restarted Kapanen got a breakaway for his 19th goal of the season and some insurance for Toronto with 2:18 left in the game.

The Maple Leafs were lucky to escape the first down just 1-0. He will make his Sabres debut in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Maple Leafs: Host Edmonton on Wednesday night.

The Sabres answered back with 2:35 left in the second when Reinhart completed a tic-tac-toe passing play while Buffalo held the man advantage.

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo will return to the lineup after missing four games due to his third concussion in less than three years.

The Leafs were led - as usual - by their big guns, John Tavares and Auston Matthews, who began the second-period blitz scoring goals less than two minutes apart to lift Toronto into a 2-1 lead.

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