The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 5-2 to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night. The Leafs have lost all three games they have played on Sunday this season and have a record of 2-7-3 on second half of back-to-backs. The buds have surrendered a total of 18 goals in the 3 Sunday games they have played this season.

Andersen’s Struggles Continue

Goaltender Frederik Andersen can’t seem to shake off his lengthy slump. He allowed 5 goals on 36 shots he faced against the Sabres on Sunday night. In 44 games this season, the 30-year-old Danish goalie has posted a career low 2.93 goals against average and a career low .908 save percentage. Andersen has allowed 3 goals or more in 13 of his last 17 games and has allowed 4 goals or more in 4 of his last 9 games.

Third Period Collapse

The Leafs completely fell apart once again in the third period. They allowed 3 goals in a span of 91 seconds. This was the 3rd time in the past 8 games where the Leafs had surrendered 3 goals or more in the 3rd period. Leafs Defenseman Jake Muzzin took a tripping penalty just over 5 minutes into the 3rd. This proved to be the turning point as the Sabres were able to capitalize on the powerplay to take the lead. The Sabres then followed up the go-ahead goal with 2 more quick goals to seal the deal for Buffalo.

A Night Of Firsts

If there were any positives to take out of Sunday’s game against the Sabres; the Leafs did call up Russian winger Egor Korshkov to play in his first career NHL game. The 23-year-old took advantage of his opportunity as he scored his first career NHL goal. Also, newly acquired enforcer Kyle Clifford assisted on Korshkov’s goal for his first career point as a member of the Maple Leafs.

The Leafs will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on Tuesday night. They lost 6-1 to the Pens in their only meeting this season on November 16th. The Penguins are on a 2-game winning streak and have scored 9 goals in their last 2 games.