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Sabres fall meekly to Maple Leafs

TORONTO – There have been some horrible performances by the Sabres since they were founded in 1970. Pity any fans who watched one worse than Tuesday’s outing.

Buffalo’s 10th game of 2014-15 had folks looking to the calendar to see when this season would be over. Only 24 weeks and 72 games left! Pity anyone who stays with the team the whole way.

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth was the only player to show up for the Sabres, who slept from the opening faceoff to the merciful horn in a 4-0 loss to Toronto. It would have been much, much worse if Neuvirth hadn’t stopped 33 shots as Toronto swarmed him all night.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the Air Canada Centre ice, Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier faced just 10 shots. Buffalo had four in each of the first two periods and two in the third. It took the Sabres 13:55 to record their first shot of the final period.

The Sabres hoped to build momentum off their first regulation victory of the year, a 2-1 decision in San Jose. Instead, they left their game on the West Coast to fall to 2-8.

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