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Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly battles for the puck against Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane during first period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Leafs beat Sabres, lose Rielly

Auston Matthews fired the first on-ice salvo in the opening instalment of what should be lengthy Golden Horseshoe rivalry with the Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel, but his Maple Leafs may have paid a painful price for the victory.