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)