Buffalo 2, Tampa Bay 1

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 7-12-1-0 3-6-1-0 4-6-0-0 W1
Tampa Bay 9-9-0-1 6-4-0-1 3-5-0-0 L2


Sabres 2, Lightning 1: Defenseman Tyler Myers scored the go-ahead goal 52 seconds into the third period and Ryan Miller made 30 saves as visiting Buffalo ended a four-game losing streak.

Myers scored his third goal of the season on a shot from the right point and the Sabres killed off all six Lightning power plays. Cody Hodgson added a goal and an assist and Thomas Vanek contributed a pair of helpers for Buffalo, which gave interim coach Ron Rolston his first victory.

Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay to extend his goal-scoring streak to six games. Mathieu Garon made 19 saves for the Lightning.

Stamkos was first to the rebound of Teddy Purcell’s shot, flipping home his NHL-leading 14th of the season 1:24 into the contest. Hodgson answered by shoveling the puck from behind the net off Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo’s skate and into the left corner of the cage at 10:02 to tie it for Buffalo.

The Lightning had six minutes of power-play time - including 46 seconds with a two-man advantage - but came up empty in the middle period and failed on one more chance in the third. Miller, who made 26 of his saves in the final 40 minutes, made a big stop on Stamkos from in close early in the final session.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Salo left the game with a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return. … Miller improved to 19-7-0 all-time versus the Lightning and his teammates blocked 14 shots. … Tampa Bay went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen, scratching RW Adam Hall.

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   Tampa Bay
Cody Hodgson 2 Points Steven Stamkos 1
Cody Hodgson 1 Goals Steven Stamkos 1
Thomas Vanek 2 Assists Cory Conacher 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ryan Miller .968 Save Percentage Mathieu Garon .905
Ryan Miller 30 Saves Mathieu Garon 19

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 21 2 0-1 6-6 12 27
Tampa Bay 31 1 0-6 1-1 2 28

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play its next game on the road against NY Rangers. The Lightning have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game on the road against Florida. The Sabres have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .308 after a loss.
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