Game in 10: Game #19, Sabres 3 vs. Leafs 1

Game in 10: Game #19, Sabres 3 vs. Leafs 1

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Not unexpected, the Leafs couldn’t score and lost the game. Tough one to watch.

1 – The Leafs controlled play at even strength throughout much of the period, but the better quality chances went to Buffalo. The Sabres had the shot edge; two penalties of the period went against the Leafs, and they got caught twice on the fast break against the flow of play leading to the Sabres hitting a pair of posts. The Leafs were putting in the effort to try to grind this one out, with a committed cycle game and good work rate, but they were operating on the periphery the whole time and were not able to penetrate the good scoring areas. Jonathan Bernier made a ten-beller sprawling glove save on Tyler Ennis with 28 seconds to go on a powerplay that followed Kessel batting the puck out of mid air and over the glass for a delay of game penalty.

2 – Six minutes into the second, with a Raymond, Clarkson and Smith combination on the ice, Clarkson retrieved the puck in the corner, turned back and found Smith in the high slot. The puck must have taken a bounce off a defenceman in front because it was a nothing shot from Smith. The Leafs needed a bounce in the worst way, but unfortunately could not get another one after that. Clarkson’s primary assist was his second point on the season.

3 – Four minutes later in the second period, Fraser was assessed a cross checking call for clearing out a Sabre from the slot. It was a pretty weak call, but Fraser has to pick his spots when it comes to those type of tough plays in front as the refs love to call those when they’re a fair distance away from the net (which this one was). The Sabres evened the game on the ensuing powerplay, as a point shot fell in front of Bernier and Franson unknowingly backhanded it over to Ott for an empty net finish.

4 – Leafs were fortunate to go to the powerplay with 7 minutes to go. Gardiner gave the puck away in the neutral zone, and Foligno and Gardiner collided as Foligno tried to tow the line and stay onside, yielding a tripping call on Foligno. Some good chances on the powerplay went for naught, and the Sabres scored seconds after the expiration of the PP. Ranger and Fraser aren’t the fleetest of foot defence pairing and were caught in transition, as Ranger afforded Ott a ton of space down the left, couldn’t recover and got beat wide, while Foligno beat Fraser to the back post to finish off a cross crease pass and make it 2-1 Sabres.

5 – The Leafs had one of two big powerplay opportunities in the third with 14 minutes to go, and generated very little on much of it. Raymond may have scored in the dwindling seconds of the PP if it didn’t hit Clarkson in the shinpad. Raymond was looking skyward like it was going in after it deflected out of play.

6 – The other powerplay opportunity came with four and a half minutes to go, and boy was it ugly. The Leafs needed a nice individual shot or play to try to break this game in their favour. Unfortunately, Raymond, Kessel, JvR and Clarkson just haven’t been able to make something happen since the injuries really struck. I guess skilled wingers need centers not named Smithson, McClement and Smith to help them produce… who knew.

7 – In a decent push with the goalie pulled, the Leafs would have tied this game if not for some heroics from Christian Ehrhoff in the final seconds. In a mad scramble around the net, the puck sprung out to JvR with the net wide open. Unfortunately, the play was slow enough to develop that Ehrhoff could see it coming and get across and block off the empty net. Ehrhoff followed up his game-saving shot block by icing the puck into the empty net.

8 – Trevor Smith acquitted himself fairly well in his increased minutes (17 mins) in a more offensive role, actually looking like he could offer something in an offensive capacity as compared to the other Leaf centers. Speaking of which, there is no harm in bumping Smith up onto the top line and moving JvR back to the wing. Things couldn’t get a whole lot worse. Carlyle gave JvR some time to adjust to center and it simply isn’t working out. You can’t go on scoring one goal a game forever, with the top line generating little of note, before it’s time to move JvR back to his wing position.

9 – This is clearly a team that needs some help from its defence to generate offence with all of its centers with offensive ability out of the lineup. Carlyle should have had Rielly in the lineup. What exactly did McLaren bring as a 12th forward, in his 4 minutes and 50 seconds of ice time, to help this team out tonight? Rielly was instrumental in the Leafs one goal on Wednesday, so why he wasn’t in tonight is inexplicable to me for a team struggling for offense up front. With the forward depth obliterated, 11 forwards and 7 defence in order to play Rielly makes way more sense.

10 – Well, at least they scored an even strength goal. The one thing the Leafs couldn’t afford to do was lose the special teams battle, which they did. All we can hope for is for the Leafs to scrape a few points out of these next two games. It might require a shutout from one of the goalies.

Leafs / Sabres Shot Location Data

Leafs / Sabres Shot Location Data


Leafs at Sabres - November 15

Sabres 3 vs. Leafs 1.
NO.
PLAYER
POS
G
A
P
+/-
PIM
S
HITS
BKS
GVA
TKA
FO%
PPTOI
SHTOI
TOI
2M. FraserD000-1203000-0:00:001:13:0016:02:00
3D. PhaneufD0000040110-4:00:003:39:0022:26:00
4C. FransonD000-1002000-4:00:001:52:0023:26:00
11J. McClementC000-101000050%0:00:003:35:0016:34:00
12M. RaymondL0111010000-2:00:001:01:0018:41:00
15P. RangerD000-1220000-0:00:001:18:0018:21:00
19J. LupulR000-105100050%4:00:000:00:0019:40:00
21J. van RiemsdykL000-105000133%3:43:001:22:0021:52:00
22J. SmithsonC000-100200048%0:17:002:04:0012:55:00
23T. SmithC101102300033%2:00:000:00:0016:50:00
28C. OrrR0000002100-0:00:000:00:005:42:00
36C. GunnarssonD0001012100-2:00:003:20:0018:07:00
37C. AshtonR0000021000100%0:00:000:25:005:10:00
38F. McLarenL0000000000-0:00:000:00:004:56:00
41N. KuleminL000-1001000-0:00:002:55:0013:48:00
51J. GardinerD0000030001-2:00:000:00:0021:44:00
71D. ClarksonR0110032000-2:00:000:00:0017:42:00
81P. KesselC000-1240100-4:00:000:00:0021:12:00
Goalie
NO.PLAYEREVPPSHSavesSV%PIMTOI
45J. Bernier (L) 7-5-116 - 178 - 90 - 024 - 260.923059:11:00

SCORING SUMMARY
 
 
 
1ST PERIOD
NONE
2ND PERIOD
6:25:00TORTrevor Smith (2) Slapshot - ASST: David Clarkson (2), Mason Raymond (7)1 - 0 TOR
9:45:00BUF PPG - Steve Ott (3) Snap shot - ASST: Tyler Myers (4), Mark Pysyk (3)1 - 1 Tie
15:22:00BUFMarcus Foligno (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Ott (4), Drew Stafford (5)2 - 1 BUF
3RD PERIOD
19:32:00BUFEN - Christian Ehrhoff (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Pysyk (4)3 - 1 BUF

Review overview
Goaltending - 85 %
Special Teams - 20 %
Even Strength - 65 %
Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
963 comments
rockydundas
rockydundas

Watched some YouTube on Holland and was thinking something about him that an announcer said that RC had said about him when in Anaheim... "The puck follows Holland around" His four goals were all scored with him being right place, right time. If that's true about him, he may enjoy his time with Kessel and JVR!

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

So who got sent down to make room for Holland?

Cloud09
Cloud09

Unfortunately laminate flooring doesn't lay itself, gonna have to dip. Have a good one guys, I'll see ya's after the game. 

rustynail
rustynail

Got my car etested this morning and while I was waiting some guy starts going on about how he's a Hab's fan so I asked him to show us his speedo. Got a few chuckles

Loric76
Loric76

@ingy56 Hope this Carly Agro person doesn't get along with Healy and slaps him the fuck out

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Cherry thought Bozak was an American.

rockydundas
rockydundas

@-Keon- Not necessarily his role. Not sure how many Bozak has but I'm sure not many either.

djamon
djamon

@ingy56 Not surprising to me either. Apart from some nice board play he's been invisible. And not very good in general.

Loric76
Loric76

@ingy56 there was another tweet this morning about how if you include the playoffs he hasn't scored in 25 games

Cameron19
Cameron19

@ingy56 Not really surprising. He has no confidence in his shot, and our team mentality is apparently to never shoot. 

Cloud09
Cloud09

@-Keon- I like that Nonis brought in some relief. But comparing him to Couture is just plain dumb. 

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

So im wondering if maybe Smith will centre first line then?

17Forever
17Forever

@Xxxxxnew 

Cherry also said we are throwing Reimer under the bus .... he has his good days and bad. That's Grapes for ya !

ingy56
ingy56

@Loric76 @ingy56 I like what he has to offer, but if he isn't offering it maybe it's time for a change of scenery.

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Cameron19 Keep getting dragged back... I don't care if he pots goals he is the best defensive forward on the entire roster. 

Edit: And it is a damn shame he doesn't have the confidence because he has one hell of a shot.

17Forever
17Forever

depth for Marlies ... they needed some

17Forever
17Forever

@LeafsForLife 

Nah ... Holland

             Smith

             McClement

             Smithson

.JVR.
.JVR.

@17Forever

Can't argue with him on the fact that Reimer seems to be getting the tougher matchups

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Jumped the shark around '85.

ingy56
ingy56

@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs @ingy56 never seen him play, I like his pedigree (if that means a hill of beans) and his size. Carlyle had some nice things to say about him and I'm sure he'll adapt to his style of play. Gives the team some depth at center.

rockydundas
rockydundas

@Cameron19 @rockydundas @-Keon- Yes...NOW he is...but wasn't when he got here. Holland is only 22 and will learn that. Some players are physical right away, some take time. We have the time for Holland and he has the talent. Let's wait and see.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

People don't realize you don't have to rock somebody to count a hit.