Torontonians make up a good chunk of the fan base at Sabres games
ANYTIME THE TORONTO Maple Leafs visit the First Niagara Center, about 10,000 fans come along for the ride. And they almost always go home unhappy. The Sabres have made a habit of laying a beating on the Leafs in Buffalo, compiling a 66-27-6 mark. Going into 2014-15, the Leafs were a miserable 11-31-6 against Buffalo since the Sabres moved out of the Aud.
The rivalry goes back to the Sabres’ inception in 1970 when they named Punch Imlach, the architect of the Leafs dynasty teams of the 1960s, their first GM and coach. The rivalry has been dubbed ‘The Battle of the QEW,’ after the stretch of highway known as the Queen Elizabeth Way that connects Toronto and Buffalo’s Peace
Bridge. They’re the closest team geographically for the Leafs and the cheers for Toronto often drown out those for the Sabres in Buffalo.
Toronto refers to itself as a cosmopolitan, world-class city. Buffalo? Consider Joffrey Lupul tweeted from his Buffalo hotel room once, “Are there any windowless rooms?”
The two teams meet Oct. 28, Nov. 15, March 11 and April 1.