NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Tampa Bay |
(Thursday, October 13th)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, Tampa Bay 3 (SO)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Daniel Briere and Thomas Vanek each scored a goal
in a shootout to lead Buffalo over Tampa Bay, 4-3, at the St. Pete Times
Briere also tallied a goal in regulation and Ryan Miller made 32 saves for the
Sabres, who have won four of their first five contests. Maxim Afinogenov
scored his fourth goal of the season in the win.
"We made some nice plays and they did a good job blocking some of out
opportunities, "Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said. "We tried a few cross
crease passes and got stuffed by their defense."
Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Vaclav Prospal each registered a goal
for Tampa Bay, which has dropped three of four. Jeff Grahame was solid in net
for the defending Stanley Cup Champions, stopping 30 shots, but still suffered
"We played much better, I thought," Tampa Bay head coach John Tortorella
stated. "Our puck control was better, everything about our game was much
better except some discipline problems as far as penalties."
After the visitors tied the contest in the third period, Briere started the
shootout with his goal over the glove of Grahame. Martin St. Louis was up next
for the Lightning, but Miller stopped his attempt. After each club failed on
their next chance, Vanek was able to slide his shot through the legs of
Grahame to seal the win for the Sabres.
Trailing 3-2, Buffalo tied the game midway through the final period. Toni
Lydman wristed a shot from the point just after a Sabres power play expired
and Afinogenov tipped it past Grahame for the equalizer.
In overtime, the Sabres could not convert on a pair of two-man advantages with
less than two minutes to go, as the Tampa Bay penalty kill was up to the task.
Buffalo had numerous chances in front, but Grahame stopped everything that
came his way to send the game to a shootout.
The Sabres struck first, capitalizing on a Tampa Bay turnover in the first
period. The Lightning's Dan Boyle was unable to handle the puck in his own
zone and Briere collected it in the corner. The Sabres center then charged the
net and slid it past Grahame, staking the visitors to a 1-0 lead.
The Lightning quickly responded as Richards found the back of the net for the
home club. After St. Louis was unable to score, Richards collected the rebound
and wristed a shot past Miller to tie the game at 1-1.
Lecavalier put Tampa Bay ahead 1:24 into the second period. Darryl Sydor
blasted a shot from the point that the Lightning center was able to deflect
into the net, but the Sabres evened the game at 2-2 midway through the period.
Ales Kotalik belted a shot on net that Grahame stopped, but the rebound fell
right to Paul Gaustad, who was alone in front and able to lift it over the
However, Tampa Bay surged back in front after Prospal's goal with just over
six minutes left before the second intermission. Corey Sarich found Ruslan
Fedotenko along the boards, who tipped the puck to Prospal. The Lightning
forward then skated through the Buffalo zone and banked it off the back of
Miller into the net to give the home club a 3-2 advantage.
It was Tampa Bay's first overtime and shootout of the season...The Lightning
are now 2-for-30 on the power play this season...Buffalo, which is in the
midst of a three-game road trip, will play five of its next seven games on the
road...Sabres defenseman Jeff Jillson is day-to-day with a quad injury...Tmpa
Bay went 3-1 against Buffalo in 2003-04...The Sabres are now 1-2-1 in their
last four trips to Tampa.
10/13 23:40:26 ET