As the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 6:3, Ryan O'Reilly was one of their best players. O'Reilly is overjoyed with his performance and the team's progress. "Yeah, definitely feels a little better than other buildings, for sure," said O'Reilly, as quoted by nhl.com "Just to get on the board like that, to contribute tonight, get the first one out of the way … it's a good feeling right now.
Throughout the game, obviously it would've been nice to just shut the door and not let them get back into it. But you know, a win's a win." Marner put special emphasis on the fact that his team did not want to give up a single moment.
"Overall, I thought we did a good job of really not giving up a whole lot through the game,"-Marner said. "When we did, 'Sammy' made some unreal saves for us as usual."
Don Granato on his decision
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen had to leave the game at one point, and Craig Anderson entered.
The coach explained his move.
"This was not on 'UPL' just so we're clear on that," Buffalo coach Don Granato said. "That change was made because we didn't have the start. They had jump at the start and we didn't. It was one of those nights where you could see we weren't processing things well.
I thought that was the case through the entire game. We didn't look sharp. We didn't feel sharp. We had to battle within ourselves and we challenged them quite a bit on the coaching side." Tuch believes that his team made too many mistakes and that the opponents knew how to use them.
"They were simple, they were hard, they were moving their feet," Tuch said. "We got a little bit too lazy and we just weren't playing our game at all. Like you said, horrendous start. Back on our heels, just mistakes, and that's a team that's, I mean, that's an offensive super team.
They've got a lot of star power over there. You're going to make defensive mistakes, you're going to allow time and space, they're going to capitalize on it and they did so."
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