There were so many elements to the Buffalo Sabres’ latest thrill ride with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night in Air Canada Centre.

The record books will show the Leafs won in a shootout, 4-3, as Joffrey Lupul got the only goal. They’ll show that Sabres captain Steve Ott forced overtime on a power-play goal in a six-on-four situation with 24.1 seconds left in regulation and Ryan Miller on the bench.

The deeper stats will point out the Sabres blew their first 2-0 lead of the season and got bludgeoned in a three-goal Toronto second period that saw the Leafs outshoot them, 17-5. And how the loss dropped them to 3-1-2 in their last six overall and 0-7-2 in their last nine on the road.

All brute numbers. Fine. But this game is going to be remembered for one thing and one thing only.

John Scott scored a goal. And it was a beauty.

The Sabres’ 6-foot-8 enforcer made his 200th NHL game a memorable one by slamming home a Matt Ellis rebound at 7:53 of the first period. It came 52 seconds after Matt Moulson opened the scoring, gave the Sabres their two-goal advantage and drew boos and catcalls from the crowd of 19,405. It was just the second goal of Scott’s career.