Tampa Bay 4, Buffalo 3

Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 41-24-3-6 21-8-1-5 20-16-2-1 W2
Buffalo 20-45-5-4 12-20-4-2 8-25-1-2 L4

Recap


Lightning 4, Sabres 3 (OT): Captain Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the night during a power play at 1:53 of overtime and added an assist as visiting Tampa Bay extended its point streak to 11 games (7-0-4).

Alex Killorn and Ryan Callahan also tallied while Teddy Purcell set up a pair of goals for the Lightning, who remained two points behind Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division with two games in hand. Ben Bishop turned aside 26 shots for his 36th victory after Stamkos’ blast from the right faceoff circle won it.

Matt D’Agostini, Cody Hodgson and Cory Conacher scored for the Sabres, who lost for the 11th time in 12 contests. Matt Hackett finished with 29 saves for Buffalo, which went 0-for-3 on the power play while yielding two man-advantage goals.

D’Agostini beat Bishop with a rising shot from the slot 12:20 into the game to open the scoring and Hodgson deflected home defenseman Christian Ehrhoff's shot 1:47 later for a 2-0 lead. Killorn scored from the left circle after a nifty pass from Nikita Kucherov at 17:52 and J.T. Brown set up Stamkos for the tying goal with 14 seconds left in the first.

The Sabres took the lead 8:14 into the third period on a goal credited to Conacher when Stamkos’ pass to the point during a delayed penalty bounded off the boards and into the empty net. The Lightning tied it 1:53 later during a 5-on-3 advantage as Callahan stood above the crease to redirect a short feed from Purcell.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Tampa Bay C Valtteri Filppula extended his career-best point streak to 11 games by setting up Stamkos for the winning tally. … The Lightning improved to 20-16-3 on the road. ... Sabres C Zemgus Girgensons was back in the lineup after missing 11 games with a lower-body injury. … Former Buffalo G Dominik Hasek was inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony.
 

Top Game Performances

Tampa Bay   Buffalo
Steven Stamkos 3 Points Cory Conacher 1
Steven Stamkos 2 Goals Cory Conacher 1
Teddy Purcell 2 Assists Christian Ehrhoff 1
Steven Stamkos 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ben Bishop .929 Save Percentage Matt Hackett .879
Ben Bishop 26 Saves Matt Hackett 29

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 33 4 2-4 3-3 6 35
Buffalo 28 3 0-3 2-4 8 36

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against New Jersey. The Sabres have a W/L % of .200 after a win and .296 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play its next game on the road against Detroit. The Lightning have a W/L % of .550 after a win and .559 after a loss.