Leafs lose in shootout to Sabres

Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno puts pressure on Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer as defenceman Mark...

Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno puts pressure on Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer as defenceman Mark Fraser looks on during the second period in Buffalo. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:17 AM ET

BUFFALO - Randy Carlyle kept deleting names from his lineup as the day wore on.

But as long as Nazem Kadri is there to put up three-point games, the Maple Leafs will hang in the playoff race.

Kadris second goal of the night pulled the Lupul-less Leafs up the slippery slope that is Seymour Knox Plaza, home of the Sabres, getting his team to the shootout. After Tyler Bozak and Drew Stafford exchanged goals, it went six rounds, including a miss by Mikhail Grabovski that wouldve exited him from Carlyles doghouse, before surprise insertion Steve Ott won the game 5-4.

You score four goals, you should win, grumped Carlyle, whose team has been allowing that many too often of late. But if you evaluate the circumstances we were in, playing back-to-back, losing Colton Orr (a first-period game misconduct), Leo Komarov (upper-body injury that will be evaluated Friday) it showed from a mental standpoint. A lot of guys expanded a lot of energy.



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