The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to make it two in a row on the road as they conclude their brief northern swing when they go up against the Buffalo Sabres at the HSBC Arena.
Tuesday night in Toronto the Bolts put together one of their best efforts of the season and skated off with a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs. Vincent Lecavalier notched two picture perfect goals to run his team leading total to five, Vaclav Prospal was credited with two assists to keep pace with Lecavalier for the team lead in points with six and Steven Stamkos busted into the scoring column with his first NHL career assist.
Mike Smith continued his fantastic work in the net for Tampa Bay, running his goals against average to 2.11. By stopping 37 of 39 attempts, he increased his save percentage to .942, only one percentage point off the NHL lead in that category.
The Sabres are set to present a formidable challenge to the Lightning, as they currently lead the Northeast Division with a 6-1-2 record and 14 points. Buffalo suffered only their first loss of the season Monday night, a 5-2 defeat at home at the hands of the Ottawa Senators, and they have had several off-days to lick their wounds and prepare to get back on track.
Buffalo has been led by goaltender Ryan Miller, who is sporting an NHL leading 1.60 Goals Against average and forward Thomas Vanek, who is in a three-way tie for the NHL lead in goals scored with eight.
After tonight’s game, the Lightning return home to the St. Pete Times Forum to face the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, before heading out again on a five game road swing.