Maple Leafs drop OT decision against Sabres

Buffalo Sabres winger Matt D'Agostini takes down Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk on a...

Buffalo Sabres winger Matt D'Agostini takes down Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk on a breakaway at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, Nov. 29, 2013. (KEVIN HOFFMAN/USA Today)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 PM ET

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.


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