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Monstrous third period propels Sabres to 5-2 win over Maple Leafs

The Buffalo Sabres scored three goals in 1:31 at the start of the third period to pull ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday in a 5-2 win at KeyBank Center.

Jack Eichel broke a 2-2 6:06 into the final frame with a wrist shot on the power play and then Jimmy Vesey tallied at the 6:55 mark. Kyle Okposo raced in hard on the forecheck and roofed a shot over Frederik Andersen to give the Sabres a three-goal lead 7:37 in.

The last time the Sabres scored three goals in 1:31 or less in a regular season game was April 3, 1998 against Boston. Brian Holzinger, Matthew Barnaby and Vaclav Varada all scored within a span of 1:08, according to the NHL’s Stats and Information Department.

Buffalo had just withheld a strong offensive front from the Maple Leafs to start the third.

Johan Larsson and Conor Sheary also scored for Buffalo. Carter Hutton made 20 saves. Larsson (1+1), Colin Miller (0+2) Rasmus Ristolainen (0+2) had multi-point nights.

Okposo reached 500 career points with the goal.

Egor Korshkov and Jach Hyman scored for Toronto. Korshkov’s goal came as he made his NHL debut.

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