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Anders Lindback’s huge OT glove save leaves Leo Komarov shaking his head

It may have been a battle of the basement, but don’t tell Buffalo’s Anders Lindback that. In overtime, Lindback made a huge glove save on Maple Leafs winger Leo Komarov. Toronto did, however, go on to win the game 4-3 in a shootout thanks to a Tyler Bozak goal.

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray may have brought goaltender Anders Lindback aboard simply as a warm body to play between the pipes, but with the Sabres season all but over, it doesn’t mean Lindback isn’t still trying to show Murray a thing or two.

In overtime of Wednesday’s game between two of the Eastern Conference’s bottom-feeding teams, the Maple Leafs and Sabres, Lindback made a glove stop that was equal parts stellar positioning and lighting fast reflexes. With less than two minutes left in the extra frame, Leo Komarov drove the net and tipped a pass from Richard Panik towards Lindback. It looked like a surefire goal until Lindback windmilled his glove hand to stop the redirection.

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The save was one of 31 on the night for Lindback. It was nearly enough for the victory, but Toronto’s Tyler Bozak snapped a wristshot past Lindback in the shootout to secure a victory for the Maple Leafs. With the loss, the Sabres dropped their fifth game in a row and remained three points below the Edmonton Oilers for last in the NHL.

With the loss, Buffalo now sits 16 points ahead of Toronto for 30th overall and a 100 percent shot at either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. It was, however, only Toronto’s fourth victory in their last 26 games.