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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Buffalo

(Monday, November 20th)

Final Score: Buffalo 7, Tampa Bay 2

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Paul Gaustad scored a career-high two goals with an assist, as the Buffalo Sabres broke out of their first real slump of the season when they scored seven straight second-period goals to pound the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-2, at HSBC Arena.

"He does a lot of the dirty work," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We get him up in the line up and he does a very good job. He's got reach, he's got good hands, he can handle the big guys down low which is important."

Thomas Vanek also scored a pair of goals for the Sabres, who have split their last four games. Jiri Novotny, Jaroslav Spacek and Chris Drury also scored, and Ales Kotalik added three assists. Ryan Miller stopped 24-of-26 shots.

Martin St. Louis scored the two goals for the Lightning, who have lost three of four. Marc Denis blocked 22-of-29 shots.

"I felt we played a good aggressive game but little plays beat us," St. Louis said. "We lose a draw, don't get a block, they score. We don't get the puck out, they score. I felt we had an aggressive frame of mind and that's the way you have to go against a team like Buffalo, who is very aggressive as well."

St. Louis deflected a shot in from in front of the crease 15:56 into the first for a 1-0 Tampa lead.

However, Buffalo exploded for seven straight goals on their first 11 shots of the second period. Gaustad tied the score, 1-1, on a power-play snap shot placed just inside the right post stick side 1:14 into the period. Buffalo added another goal about a minute later on a slap shot by Novotny above the crease.

The Sabres started to pull away 7:48 in when Vanek slid the disc just past the right post after it caromed off the back wall.

Daniel Paille next made a pinpoint pass across the slot, and Gaustad redirected the puck into the goal from the right crease on a snap shot at 10:49 of the middle period. About thirty seconds later, Spacek one-timed it from the right circle for his first point in the NHL.

Vanek then scored a snap shot stick side on the power play 14:02 into the period, and three minutes later, Drury scored a snap shot of his own.

The Lightning scored the only goal in the third, as St. Louis tipped it through the five-hole from the slot 1:52 into the period.

Buffalo finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while Tampa was 0-for-7 on the man-advantage.

Game Notes

Buffalo swept four meetings with Tampa Bay last season and has won six of the last seven meetings overall...The Bolts have lost in their last four trips to HSBC Arena.

11/20 23:22:06 ET

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