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Maple Leafs defenseman Rasmus Sandin ties Sabers defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) in front of goaltender Petr Mrazek during the first period of the Legacy Classic.

The Canadian Press

HAMILTON, Ont. – Many of the 26,119 fans enduring the freezing cold outside Tim Hortons Field shouted, “Go Leafs, go,” as Dylan Cozens skated into a strong headwind and tried to force his way around a Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman on the power play in the third period.

Once bitter rivals, the Sabers and Maple Leafs have undergone a franchise-changing facelift since their proximity led to meaningful and bitter matchups with playoff implications.

Minutes after the friendly Leafs crowd shouted in approval, they saw Vinnie Hinostroza score an unlikely goal that showed the Sabers weren’t just there to soak up the unique atmosphere of the CHL stadium. of soccer.

Hinostroza scored his second goal of the game just past the goal line, beating struggling Leafs goaltender Petr Mrazek with a short side shot between the near post and Mrazek’s blocker, to give the Sabers a lead they never wanted. would not give up in their 5-2 wins.

Hinostroza, 27, had two goals and an assist to propel the Sabers to their first road win, Peyton Krebs’ second goal of the game provided insurance and goaltender Craig Anderson made 34 saves to give Buffalo a second consecutive victory. Tage Thompson added a goal into an empty net.

Buffalo (20-32-8) hadn’t beaten Toronto in back-to-back meetings since 2017 and the moment for that impressive performance came just three days after the Sabers spoiled Jack Eichel’s return to Buffalo with the Golden Knights. Vegas.

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