Sabres blanked in 3-0 preseason loss to Leafs


Buffalo Sabres center Dylan Cozens (42) controls the puck during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Monday, Sept.16, 2019, in State College, Pa. Buffalo won 5-4. (AP Photo/John Beale)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tage Thompson and Dylan Cozens continued to have strong preseason showings, but it wasn’t enough Friday night in a 3-0 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Thompson had a chance to give the Sabres an early lead just 11 seconds into the game but was turned away by Frederick Andersen — one of 23 saves the Toronto netminder made.

Thompson finished with four shots on goal.

Cozens finished with three shots on goal but went 1-for-11 in the faceoff circle.

Andreas Thompson opened the scoring midway through the first period while Auston Matthews doubled that lead with a backdoor tap-in for the Leafs’ in the second period.

Matt Read rounded out the scoring in the third period.

The Sabres and Leafs will play again on Saturday in Buffalo.

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