Auston Matthews scores in OT for NHL-leading 54th goal, Maple Leafs beat Sabres 2-1

Thu, Mar 7, 2024
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Auston Matthews scores in OT for NHL-leading 54th goal, Maple Leafs beat Sabres 2-1

ANAMEHIM, Calif. (AP) - Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 54th goal at 4:20 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

Matthews took Mitch Marner's feed from behind the net and beat Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen high to the blocker side.

William Nylander also scored to help Toronto rebound for a 4-1 home loss to Boston on Monday night - with a rematch with the Bruins ahead Thursday night in Boston. The Maple Leafs are 10-2-0 in their last 12 and 36-18-8 overall.

Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves, the best when he gloved Tage Thompson's shot in overtime. Victor Olofsson scored for Buffalo. Luukkonen stopped 25 shots.

DUCKS 2, SENATORS 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Alex Killorn scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Anaheim beat Ottawa for its third victory in four games.

Ryan Strome also scored and Lukas Dostal made 29 saves for the Ducks in a meeting of two long-struggling franchises.

Mark Kastelic scored and Mads Sogaard stopped 14 shots for the Senators. They lost their fifth straight overall in the opener of a three-game California swing.

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