As soon as Toskala bobbled Lydman’s “shot” and allowed the second goal to trickle in, you knew the game was over. The Leafs (who had been completely dominating the play up to that point) visibly deflated, and the Sabres took complete control of the game.
If Ryan Miller had let in that same fluky goal, everyone in the arena would have simply rolled their wonky eyes and been all, “That was weird, Crunchy”. Then the Sabres would have been right back to business. The Leafs, on the other hand, totally folded up because they knew no matter how well they played after that, they had no chance of winning.
Ryan Miller is rad. I’m glad he’s on our team.