Buffalo Sabes Player Grades: Game #6 vs. Toronto

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A+ : Evander Kane

Evander Kane silenced his only critic (see Damien Cox) against Toronto. He proceeded to run over Dion Phaneuf like a freight train, and than snipe the game tying goal late in the 3rd period. The entire game he was running around like he always does, hitting everything in his path. The hit on Phaneuf woke up the crowd and energized the team down the stretch.

A : Jack Eichel, Tyler Ennis, Ryan O'Reilly, Chad Johnson

Eichel had a lot of individual moments on the night. He came close to scoring on several occasions. His best move was winning a draw at center ice and taking it all the way to the net by himself and almost scoring.

Chad Johnson had his best game of his career. He stopped 23 of 24 shots, and stopped both Joffrey Lupul and James Van Riemsdyk in the shootout. Johnson was incredibly patient throughout the game and he was always in position. Johnson's play may have kept the Sabres from claiming Karri Ramo on waivers. 

A- : Zemgus Girgensons, Josh Gorges, Mark Pysyk, Mike Weber

Girgensons' hard work set up the Evander Kane goal, as he forced the Leaf defenseman into a turnover. 

Mike Weber was good for the second straight game. He took out Leaf forwards multiple times with either hits or just out muscling them. Weber made good passes and even got a few shots toward the net. 

B+ : Matt Moulson, Sam Reinhart, Johan Larsson, Rasmus Ristolainen

Moulson got the shootout winner, but once again was on the 3rd line. Moulson got less minutes than Sam Reinhart  and is most definitely outside the top six as it currently stands. 

Reinhart followed his breakout game with a solid performance. He once again was the front man on the power play. What Reinhart has been doing way better than other front men on the team is his ability behind and beside the net. He's very good at getting it to the side or the point and not turning it over even when under pressure. 

B: Nicolas Deslauriers, Jake McCabe, Cody Franson, Marcus Foligno

B- : Brian Gionta, Jamie McGinn