Sabers win the NHL Heritage Classic against the Maple Leafs

The Buffalo Sabers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Sunday in the 2022 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic. The lion’s share of the win came from Vinnie Hinostroza with two goals and an assist and Peyton Krebs with two. At the other end, Auston Matthews scored his 45th goal of the season to cement his lead in the league’s goalscoring table.

“Things have been going really well for us for a week or two. I’m very happy about that. We tried to keep our game simple today, given the outside conditions. We did a great job, as you can see from the final result,” said Hinostroza after defeating Atlantic Division rivals.

Both teams dressed in special uniforms for this outdoor game at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario. The Sabers wore a cream jersey, while the Maple Leafs donned a dark blue jersey that featured a plain T on the front instead of the familiar maple leaf.

In the first third, both opponents missed good scoring opportunities. In the early stages, Jeff Skinner was denied a counterattack by Toronto goalkeeper Petr Mrazek. A little later, Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly blasted the disc over the Sabers’ Craig Anderson-guarded goal after a quick counterattack. Buffalo’s defensive player Rasmus Dahlin had another big chance, who after a remarkable solo effort didn’t get the puck under control at the end and couldn’t overcome Mrazek as a result. The first break was goalless.