NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, December 5th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (20-4-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (13-12-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres continue their current road trip tonight
when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum.
The Sabres, who are 11-2-0 away from home, began the trek on Saturday and lost
a 7-4 match in Washington. Matt Pettinger scored two goals to lift the
Capitals, who took command early with four goals in the first period.
Chris Drury and Thomas Vanek each had a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who
had a two-game winning streak ended
Ryan Miller started in net, but was pulled during the first period after
allowing three goals on nine shots. Martin Biron finished the game and stopped
The Sabres have now lost two of their last three road games after beginning
the season 10-0-0 away from HSBC Arena.
Buffalo, which remains atop the East with 42 points, plays the second portion
of a five-game trek tonight and will visit Florida on Thursday.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has lost three straight games after winning three-in-a-
row. On Saturday the Bolts dropped a 5-2 tilt in Ottawa, as Antoine Vermette
scored two goals to lift the Senators.
Eric Perrin and Vincent Lecavalier tallied for the Lightning. Johan Holmqvist
was brutal in net, allowing three scores on just seven shots before being
replaced in the first period. Karri Ramo came on and made 16 saves in his
first NHL appearance.
Ramo was on the roster because regular starter Marc Denis did not travel to
Ottawa due to visa problems. He is waiting on his new work visa, which expired
over the summer. If he had left the United States, the team was worried that
he would have been let back in.
The Lightning begin a three-game homestand tonight and will host Atlanta on
Buffalo pounded Tampa, 7-2, on November 20 at HSBC Arena and has won five
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