Pohl open about miss

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

No one thought Maple Leafs forward John Pohl could miss the gaping net staring him right in the face.

Not Sabres goalie Marty Biron, who was down and out.

Not Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff, who began cursing to himself.

Not even the chap running the horn at the Air Canada Centre, who ignited a deafening honk in anticipation of the goal that would tie the game 4-4 with just 30 seconds left.

There was just one problem here.

Pohl misfired and the puck hit the outside of the net.

"It sucks but that's life," an understandably downcast Pohl said following the Leafs' 4-3 loss to the Sabres.

"We had our chances but didn't come through. It's as simple as that.

WENT BACKHAND

"I don't know what happened. The puck came to me and (Biron) was coming right at me. So I went backhand, tried to shoot it, and hit the side of the net."

Leafs coach Paul Maurice sympathized with his young forward.

"He'll lose sleep over this, and he should," Maurice said. "But he should also take consolation at the fact that he was out there at such a key moment because he had earned the opportunity with his fine play."

Ruff, whose team had held the lead since 4:18 of the first period, was asked for his thoughts when he saw Pohl about to flip the tying goal into the yawning cage.

"I can't tell you what was going through my mind because you couldn't print it," he said.

"But it was somewhere along the lines of, 'Holy chaos!' "

Biron figured the game was headed to overtime.

"I was laying on my back and just looking up at the roof and the banners," he said. "I heard the (horn) and I looked back disappointed the puck went in. But it was behind the net and they were still playing, so I figured something was not right."

It wasn't right -- at least if your name was John Pohl.

"I think the puck rolled on him," Biron said. "Lucky for us he missed the net."


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