The Buffalo Sabres played host to their rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs, for the final time in the 2014-15 National Hockey League season.
In a matchup featuring two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference, the game surprisingly did not disappoint.
Things got off to a quick start for the Sabres, much to the dismay of many fans.
Zac Dalpe tallied his first goal of the season, and first as a Sabre, at 6:48 in the first period.
Buffalo controlled play throughout the first, but could not exit the period unscathed thanks to a goal from Eric Brewer.
The Sabres began the second period on the wrong foot, allowing a James van Riemsdyk goal less than a minute in. This gave Toronto a 2-1 lead.
The Leafs locked things down throughout most of the period, and added to their lead at 13:24. Nazem Kadri’s 18th of the season made it 3-1 Toronto.
Not to be out done, Cody Hodgson pulled the Sabres back to within one, just 30 seconds after Kadri’s goal.
From here on out, it was all Sabres.
Just a 1:33 into the third, Matt Moulson tied the game on the power play.
Less than two minutes later, Matt Ellis would put Buffalo up 4-3. Ellis’ first goal of the season would eventually end up being the game-winner.
The final of 4-3 Buffalo angered fans throughout, as this puts the Sabres only two points ahead of the 29th place Arizona Coyotes.
With five games remaining, the Buffalo Sabres boast a 22-47-8 record, with 52 points.
The Sabres take the ice again this Friday night, against the Chicago Blackhawks. Puck drops shortly after 7 PM, and the game will be broadcast on MSG.
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