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National Hockey League
Toronto 5, Buffalo 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Marc Joannette, Peter MacDougall
Linesmen: Tyson Baker, David Brisebois
Attendance: 19365

Auston Matthews scored two goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs held on to defeat the visiting Buffalo Sabres 5-3 Tuesday night.

Frederik Gauthier added a goal and an assist, Dmytro Timashov scored a goal and Ilya Mikheyev had a short-handed empty-net goal for Toronto. Tyson Barrie added two assists.

Frederik Andersen made 27 saves for the Maple Leafs, who are 8-4 under new coach Sheldon Keefe.

Jack Eichel and Rasmus Dahlin each had a goal and an assist for Buffalo and Kyle Okposo scored a goal. Victor Olofsson had two assists.

Eichel extended his points streak to 17 games with 16 goals and 15 assists in that span.

Linus Ullmark made 28 saves for Buffalo.

Gauthier scored his fourth goal of the season at 2:30 of the first period after the Maple Leafs took advantage of a Buffalo turnover in the neutral zone and Timashov carried the puck into the Sabres zone. Buffalo defenseman Brandon Montour tried to clear the puck, but it was intercepted by Gauthier in the slot.

Matthews notched his 20th goal this season at 4:47 of the second period on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle from a pass by Morgan Rielly.

After taking a pass from William Nylander, Matthews put on a couple of nifty moves before tucking in a backhand at 17:39 of the second for his 21st goal.

Dahlin scored his second goal of the season on a slap shot at 1:29 of the third period during a power play. John Tavares was serving a holding-the-stick penalty.

Timashov scored his third goal of the season on a breakaway at 4:58 of the third.

Eichel scored his 24th goal of the season at 6:30 of the third on a shot from the right circle.

Buffalo cut the lead to one on Okposo's fourth goal this season at 14:41 of the third.

The Sabres had a power play when Zach Hyman was called for holding at 15:31. Mikheyev scored his sixth goal at 17:26.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Buffalo   Toronto
Rasmus Dahlin 2 Points Auston Matthews 2
Rasmus Dahlin 1 Goals Auston Matthews 2
Victor Olofsson 2 Assists Tyson Barrie 2
Rasmus Dahlin 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Ilya Mikheyev 1
Linus Ullmark .875 Save Percentage Frederik Andersen .900
Linus Ullmark 28 Saves Frederik Andersen 27
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 30 3 1-2 1-1 2 18
Toronto 33 5 0-1 1-2 4 32
Upcoming Games
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against NY Rangers. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .529 after a win and .444 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Sabres have a W/L % of .471 after a win and .444 after a loss.