In addition to Hodgson, Matt Ellis and Matt Moulson also scored for the Sabres. Moulson’s goal at 6:34 of the second wasn’t reviewed, though it took several replay angles to show it clearly went in the net.
Just before that, Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons had a quality chance on a second-period penalty shot, which Reimer stopped in what turned out to be practice for the shootout.
Not that Reimer needed it, as he improved to 4-0 in the shootout this season.
“Personally I’m not a huge fan of shootouts,” Reimer said. “It’s something I try to practice most days as much as I can. Shootouts are important points, and they’re huge come the end of the year. Obviously regulation wins are most important, but those points are priceless.”
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t very good in the shootout,” Miller said. “That’s the difference.”
Being so good in the shootout has made a major difference in the Leafs‘ fortunes this season.
“When you win them it’s a positive, when you lose them it’s a negative,” Carlyle said. “That’s the bottom line. That’s what you play the game to gain points and to win, and a shootout gives you a win.”
NOTES: Enforcer Colton Orr returned to Toronto’s lineup after missing Tuesday’s game in Boston with the flu, which has affected several players. Frazer McLaren was scratched to make room for Orr. … Sabres forward Matt D’Agostini left the game early in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return. D’Agostini skated just three shifts for 2:19, and Nolan said he expects him to be out for “a little while.” … This was the fifth and final meeting between the Leafs and Sabres this season.