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08-16-2018, 04:07 AM
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Looking to extend one franchise mark and set another Tremaine Edmunds Color Rush Jersey , the Toronto Maple Leafs entered Monday 25 spots ahead of the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL standings.

That didn’t matter to Jack Eichel.

The Sabres star scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to lift last-place Buffalo over the Maple Leafs 3-2 and end Toronto’s club-record home winning streak at 13 games.

Casey Nelson had the other goal for Buffalo, which got 39 saves from Chad Johnson to end a four-game slide. Zemgus Girgensons added two assists.

”He’s a pro,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said of Johnson, who improved to 7-1-1 career against Toronto. ”He got an opportunity on short notice and did a terrific job.

Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist, and Nazem Kadri scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 24 stops for the Leafs, who were also looking to set a franchise mark for victories in a season with 46.

”We had lots of good things, but then we got carried away with it and gave up some chances,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. ”The bottom line is we did lots of good things, we didn’t win the game.”

Eichel got his tiebreaker at 9:36 of the third when he swept down the left side, fought of Nikita Zaitsev and slipped a backhand through Andersen’s pads for his 24th.

”Jack’s game all night was terrific Cordy Glenn Jersey Bengals ,” Housley said. ”From start to finish, he really brought it.”

After the Leafs turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead late in the second, the Sabres tied it at 7:56 of the third when Nelson scored on a shot from the point through traffic that went off defenseman Roman Polak.

The Leafs challenged for goalie interference, but the call on the ice withstood a video review.

Nelson’s third goal of the season came after Toronto had a couple of chances to stretch its lead to 3-1 earlier in the period.

The Leafs pressed to keep their streak going, with James van Riemsdyk seeing his shot stopped by Johnson with less than seven minutes to go.

The Leafs pushed late with an extra attacker, but the Sabres held on to hand Toronto its first loss on home ice since Jan. 22.

”They were pretty persistent,” Kadri said. ”To be honest with you, we played a pretty all-around game and had a lot of offensive opportunities. Their goaltender was good tonight. They’re a resilient group.”

Down 1-0 after the visitors grabbed an early lead, the Leafs had a number of chances to get even before Kadri finally broke through with 2:29 remaining in the second.

Marleau dislodged the puck from Buffalo defenseman Marco Scandella behind the net on the forecheck before Mitch Marner fed a quick pass in front to Kadri, who beat Johnson to give him back-to-back 30-goal seasons.

Kadri Thomas Rawls Color Rush Jersey , who scored 32 times in 2016-17, has eight goals in the last six games at Air Canada Centre.

The Sabres were assessed a high-sticking penalty on the ensuing faceoff – the game’s first infraction of any kind – and Marleau banged home a loose puck in the crease on the power play at 18:42 after Auston Matthews took the initial shot.

The Sabres grabbed the lead at 3:23 of the first. Eichel pressured Matthews into a turnover in the corner in the Toronto zone before taking a feed from Girgensons and beating Andersen with a quick move to the forehand.

NOTES: The Leafs won 45 games in 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2003-04, and secured 44 victories in both 1992-93 and 2002-03 – seasons that all came before the NHL instituted the shootout to break ties in 2005. Toronto is 7-2 in shootouts in 2017-18.

UP NEXT

Sabres: Host Detroit on Thursday night.

Maple Leafs: Host Florida on Wednesday night.



An optimistic Cam Newton says he’s adjusting well to a new offensive scheme and boldly proclaimed it’s time for the Carolina Panthers to ”take back the division.”

Wearing a ”Change the culture” t-shirt and a ”Keep Pounding” hat, an upbeat Newton was budding with enthusiasm on Saturday even after starting right tackle Daryl Williams went down with a knee injury earlier in practice.

In his first football-related interview in six months, Newton set a positive tone for training camp for a team that hopes to recapture the NFC South it won in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Carolina went 11-5 last season, but New Orleans won the head-to-head tiebreaker and took the division title.

Part of Newton’s optimism surrounds the hiring of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and the addition of wide receivers D.J. Moore, Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright.

Newton said Turner has been ”extremely easy” to work with and joked that his offense is ”Boogie approved.”

The 2015 league MVP said he likes that Turner is open to listening to suggestions about what plays may work best, even to the point to keeping the names of some of the predecessor Mike Shula’s play calls.

”I think the onus is on (Turner) more so than us to take what we have done good and expand on it Cheap DJ Moore Jersey , rather than just ripping the sheets of paper up and having a this-is-my-way-or-the-highway mentality,” Newton said.

Newton said it didn’t take long to realize Turner has a high football IQ.

But he added that it’s still a little too early to know exactly what to expect from the Panthers offense when the regular season arrives.

”I can’t tell you that, (but) I know that the transition as far as philosophies has almost been as easy as anyone could expect,” Newton said. ”He is super relatable and is someone who has been around this league and been around a lot of egos and lot of different players and knows how to adjust. That alone makes my job easy knowing that he is a person who you can go to and say, `This is how I feel about certain things.’ And (he’ll say), `OK, let’s find out how we can implement it.’ He’s not a guy who is so egotistical who says, `No, this play is going to work versus this.”’

Turner has already talked about wanting to improve Newton’s completion percentage.

Newton’s has completed just 58.5 percent of his career passes, but Turner would like him to be above 65 percent.

”That’s a goal of mine and it is certainly attainable Stephen Vogt Jersey ,” Newton said.

Newton said that means learning to accept what the defense gives him, even if it means short dump-offs over the middle and to outlet receivers.

”That has to be my mentality,” Newton said. ”We have a lot of guys who can take two yards and turn it into 20 yards, or more. But it starts with me and I have to trust those guys and get the ball to them.”

The 29-year-old Newton said he’s feeling healthy heading into the season.

That’s a big difference from last season when he underwent shoulder surgery and missed all of OTAs and minicamp and a large portion of training camp undergoing rehab.

”It was very big for me making the proper steps this offseason knowing that I am full go,” Newton said. ”My body feels great and I always have to mention to TD (linebacker Thomas Davis) that I even look great. I am in a position where I am all smiles.”

Newton also addressed new owner David Tepper, teasing that ”I’m up for an upgrade” after seeing he paid $2.2 million to purchase the team from founder Jerry Richardson.

”The excitement is something we all should get prepared for knowing we have a lively owner,” Newton said.



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