Dejavu: Leafs cough up lead in defeat

For the second consecutive night, the Toronto Maple Leafs held a third period lead, only to squander it, and lose the game.  Buffalo’s Ales Kotalik scored at 1:03 in overtime to give the Sabres a 3-2 win at HSBC Arena.

The game was scoreless after two periods.  Toronto jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of third period goals by Ian White and Pavel Kubina.  Derek Roy responded with a power-play marker for Buffalo with 2:21 remaining in regulation.  Less than five second remained in the period when the tying goal was scored by Paul Gaustad on a power-play with the Leafs’ John Mitchell in the penalty box, and Sabres’ goalie Ryan Miller on the bench.

The end result spoiled a superb outing by Leafs goalie Justin Pogge, who went the distance between the pipes making 29 saves.

Toronto heads home to host St. Louis on Monday evening.

Forward Lines: Tlusty-Stajan-Blake, Earl-Mitchell-Ponikarovsky, Kulemin-Grabovski-Williams, Hollweg-Devereaux-Bell
Defence pairings: Kubina-Van Ryn, White-Kronwall, Stralman-Frogen
Goaltenders: Pogge (OT/L 61:02, 3 GA, 29 SV), Toskala (0:00)

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2 comments

  1. dont worry about the third period chokes. this season they are not going to have to worry about it because they arent going to have the lead in the third period to many times!

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