In his return from injury, Jeff Skinner helped lead the Buffalo Sabres to a resounding 9-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs with two goals and an assist. Alex Tuch also played a crucial role in the win with four assists. The win for the Sabres, their first in three games, marked a stark contrast to their prior game where they had let in nine goals against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Goalie Devon Levi contributed to the victory with 24 saves. For the Maple Leafs, goalie Ilya Samsonov allowed five goals before being pulled in the second period.
The Sabres took an early lead with a goal by Jordan Greenway, his first since his return from a nine-game injury absence. The Maple Leafs attempted to stay in the game with goals from Matthews and Max Domi, but the Sabres maintained their lead throughout with goals from Skinner, Tage Thompson, and Kyle Okposo. Jack Quinn and Okposo rounded out the scoring for the Sabres.
This nine-goal turnaround after conceding the same number in their last match is a first in the NHL since 1983 when the Detroit Red Wings pulled off a similar feat against the Vancouver Canucks and Maple Leafs.