With tonight’s win, the Sabres improved to 21-5-2 in their last 28 home games against the Maple Leafs.
The Sabres scored three unanswered goals in a span of 1:31 to seal tonight’s win. The last time Buffalo scored three goals in 1:31 or less was April 3, 1998 in a 5-4 win vs. Boston. Brian Holzinger, Matthew Barnaby and Vaclav Varada all scored within a span of 1:08.
With tonight’s goal, Jack Eichel (.824 G/GP vs. Toronto) surpassed Alex Ovechkin (.820) to become the active leader in goals per game against the Maple Leafs (min. 5 GP).
Eichel’s goal-scoring rate against the Maple Leafs currently ranks sixth among all players with at least 10 games played against Toronto in the expansion era:
Blaine Stoughton: .94
Mario Lemieux: .94
Wayne Gretzky: .87
Cam Neely: .84
Ulf Nilsson: .83
Jack Eichel: .82
Kyle Okposo’s goal tonight marked the 500th point of his NHL career.
Okposo has a goal in each of his two games against Toronto this season. He leads all Sabres with 24 career points against the Maple Leafs (8+16).
With his 79th career point tonight, Rasmus Dahlin has tied Ray Bourque for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
Dahlin now has 14 points (2+12) in his last 15 games, including at least a point in each of his last four games (1+4).
With his goal, Johan Larsson finished the game with six goals and 15 points through 52 games this season, matching his goal total and surpassing his point total from his 73-game season in 2018-19. He is now four goals and two points from tying his career-best marks.
Colin Miller recorded two primary assists to earn his 21st career multi-point game.
The Sabres improved to 7-3-3 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 4-1-2 record against the division at KeyBank Center.
Buffalo has now gone 6-for-14 (42.9%) on the power play in the team’s last five games.
With his 15th win of the season, Linus Ullmark tied his career high set in 37 appearances last season. Ullmark is 4-1-0 since the beginning of January with a .923 save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average.
Sam Reinhart tied his career high with three points (1+2) in his 11th multi-point game of the season. It was his 10th career three-point game and his first since he scored a hat trick on Feb. 23, 2019 vs. Washington.
Reinhart has now produced above a point-per-game pace at home this season (11+13).
Jack Eichel recorded two points (1+1) to extend his point streak to eight games (4+6).
He has joined John Carlson, Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon, Mitchell Marner and David Pastrnak as the sixth player to record two streaks of at least eight games this season.
With his first point of the night, Eichel became the first Sabres player to reach the 60-point mark in 46 games or fewer since 1992-93, when Alexander Mogilny (33 GP) and Pat LaFontaine (34 GP) both did so.
Eichel’s second point was his 28th goal of the season. Through 46 games played, he has now tied his career-high goal total set last season in 77 games.
With his power-play goal, Kyle Okposo now has four points (1+3) in his last three games against Vegas.
Conor Sheary’s assist tonight gives him seven points (4+3) in his last seven games at KeyBank Center.
With tonight’s win, the Sabres are 4-0-1 through five games. It’s the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in five straight games since the team went 4-0-1 through its first five games of the 2009-10 season.
Buffalo has also begun the season with wins in each of the team’s first three home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
The Sabres went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight. They have now killed each of their last six penalties.
Linus Ullmark, who earned the shootout win tonight, has the sixth-best career shootout save percentage (15-for-18, .833) of any NHL goaltender with at least 15 shots faced in shootouts.
With his goal tonight, Johan Larsson now has a point in each of his last two games against the Panthers.
Zemgus Girgensons notched two assists tonight to record the 19th two-point game of his career. He now has three assists in his last two games against Florida.
With primary assists on both of the team’s goals tonight, Kyle Okposo registered his first two-assist game since Nov. 19 at Pittsburgh.