January 30, 2013
Leafs get some sweet vindication in Buffalo
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

Buffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis (L) tries to get in front of a pass by Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski in Buffalo. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

BUFFALO - If the Maple Leafs are eventually going to fight their way back towards respectability, this would be a good place to start.

In this town. Against this team. And against this goaltender.

Prior to Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres here at the First Niagara Center, the Leafs had lost 11 of their previous 12 road games against the Sabres, invariably disappointing the large legion of fans who make the trek down the QEW.

Prior to Matt Frattin’s thriller as time ran out in the extra period, Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller had the team’s number more nights than not.

But with the win — redemption from another blown lead in the third period and a 2-1 loss to the Sabres at home last week — the Leafs won for the third time this season, all of those on the road.

“Even with a lot of our fans here, it’s a tough building to play in,” Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. “We haven’t had a lot of success here. Now we have to build on it.”



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