Mitch Marner had the first two-goal game of his career and Frederik Andersen was sensational in goal as the Leafs edged the Sabres 2-1 on Thursday.
Andersen was full marks for his nomination as the game’s first star, turning away 42 shots on the evening. His best of the night, nay – the season – came late in the first period when he stacked his left pad to commit larceny on Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, staring at an open net.
As for Marner, the Leafs rookie displayed flare and persistence on both goals. In the first period, he sped towards the goal down the right side and converted a centring pass from Tyler Bozak to open the scoring at 4:08.
Marner put the Leafs up by a pair early in the second frame by darting to the slot area after James van Riemsdyk fed the puck in front of the goal. The Leafs rookie promptly picked the pocket of Marcus Foligno to bury home his second marker of the evening past a stunned netminder, Robin Lehner.
Toronto earned its first win in Buffalo since January 29, 2013.