Tage Thompson actually issued a warning to the Leafs before Thursday's game, but they didn't listen

Mike Armenti
December 23, 2023  (10:14)

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but even if they win the game, the story of the week will still be the 9-3 beatdown that the Buffalo Sabres gave them on Thursday night.

The Sabres were on the Leafs right from the initial drop of the puck, scoring early to take the 1-0 lead on Thursday, but long before they scored the opening goal and eventually went on to score 8 more on the evening, chasing Ilya Samsonov and then hanging 4 more goals on Martin Jones, the Sabres actually attempted to warn the Leafs that this was coming.
Prior to the game on Thursday, Tage Thompson actually made some very public comments about the scores of Leaf fans that travel down the QEW to to Buffalo to populate the stands at KeyBank Center, stating that he and the Sabres don't like having such a large number of Leaf fans in the building. He had warned the Leafs well in advance that the Sabres were coming at them hard and, in true Leafs fashion, they just didn't listen.
"We see quite a few of them in our building, and we don't really like that. So it's always a little extra motivation to kinda quiet them up pretty quick." - Thompson following Thursday's morning skate in Buffalo

The most embarrassing part of that loss is that it came at the hands of one of the league's bottom-feeders in Buffalo. The Sabres sit 7th in the Atlantic Division and 14th in the Eastern Conference. Yes, once again, the Leafs failed to show up against a bottom-six team and, you know what? It's become a habit again this season. The Leafs are actually 1-3-2 against bottom-six teams this season.
The win moved Buffalo up past Seattle and into the 7th worst spot in the league, with the Sabres having only Seattle, Columbus, Anaheim, Ottawa, Chicago and San Jose beneath them at this point.
The Leafs have one more meeting with the Sabres this season, though they'll have a long wait for vengeance, as that meeting will not occur until March. Hopefully the Leafs have don't have a short memory, because they owe the Sabres a shellacking.
Tage Thompson actually issued a warning to the Leafs before Thursday's game, but they didn't listen

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