BUFFALO - If the Maple Leafs are, at some point, going to build into a team worthy of being a serious playoff contender this season, they presumably landed in a good place to start that process on Friday night.
With a visit against the worst team in the NHL.
If only it were that easy. Potentially fragile after a couple of losses earlier in the week and stumbling through a five-game road losing streak, the Leafs didn’t exactly snap out of their funk at the always-lively First Niagara Center when they were the guest attraction.
Instead, the Leafs had another sloppy defensive effort, falling 3-2 to the lowly Sabres in overtime. Christian Ehrhoff got the game-winner with 38 seconds into overtime when a screened shot from the point beat Reimer.
This, in fact, may have been the Leafs’ most troubling loss of all. They’ve now dropped six in a row on the road and are sliding quickly down the standings.