Tampa Bay 2, Buffalo 1

Saturday, February 11, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 24-24-3-3 15-8-1-1 9-16-2-2 W1
Buffalo 24-25-3-3 13-10-3-3 11-15-0-0 L1


All-Star Steven Stamkos recorded a goal and an assist and Mathieu Garon made 13 of his 26 saves in the third period as the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
The Lightning have won all three games against the Sabres this season, each with Garon in net. Garon came into the year 1-7 lifetime against Buffalo.
Steve Downie scored his ninth goal at 7:31 of the second period for the Lightning after defenseman Victor Hedman’s nifty pass from the point found him alone in front. Stamkos added his league-leading 37th, one-timing a perfect pass from Teddy Purcell on a 2-on-1 at 13:16. Purcell had stolen the puck in the neutral zone.
Jason Pominville scored his 20th goal to bring Buffalo within a goal with 12:53 remaining in the contest. Garon robbed Pominville with 4:52 remaining and defenseman Christian Ehrhoff rang a shot off the crossbar with a minute left.
The Lightning have points in nine of their last 10 games (7-1-2).
It was the first loss in regulation at home for Buffalo since Dec. 10. Ryan Miller got his ninth straight start in net for the Sabres and made 21 of his 26 saves in the first two periods.

Top Game Performances

Tampa Bay   Buffalo
Steven Stamkos 2 Points Jason Pominville 1
Steven Stamkos 1 Goals Jason Pominville 1
Steven Stamkos 1 Assists Thomas Vanek 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Mathieu Garon .963 Save Percentage Ryan Miller .929
Mathieu Garon 26 Saves Ryan Miller 26

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 28 2 0-3 1-1 2 24
Buffalo 27 1 0-1 3-3 6 31

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against New Jersey. The Sabres have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .484 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play its next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Lightning have a W/L % of .522 after a win and .387 after a loss.
Desktop View: Switch to Mobile View