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Sabres 7, Lightning 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Sabres 7, Lightning 3
Buffalo Sabres 7, Tampa Bay Lightning 3
Three Stars of the Game
Jason Pominville
Jason Pominville
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:14
Drew Stafford
Drew Stafford
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:30
Marcus Foligno
Marcus Foligno
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:07




  • Bruno Gervais' goal, his fifth of the season, gives him the most goals amongst Tampa Bay defensemen this season
  • Gervais' goal and assist give him his second multi-point game of the season with the first coming on October 10th vs. Washington
  • Teddy Purcell's assist was his 37th assist and 57th point on the year, both career highs
  • Trevor Smith's goal was his first this season and his first NHL goal with the Lightning
  • Ryan Malone's assist was his 26th this season, tying his career high for assists in a season which he first set in 2009-10
  • Malone's assist and goal give him nine points (4G, 5A) over his last 10 games
  • The Lightning drop to 10-23-4 when their opponent scores first and 5-20-3 when trailing after the first period
  • Marc-Andre Bergeron, Vincent Lecavalier, Mathieu Garon, Nate Thompson, Adam Hall, and Mike Commodore were all scratches tonight for the Lightning
  • The Sabres are now 22-8-8 when scoring first and 18-4-5 when leading after one period
  • Despite being held scoreless tonight, Martin St. Louis has 14 points (7G, 7A) over his past 15 games including a pair of multi-goal efforts
  • The Sabres' win prevented the Lightning from earning their first-ever season-series sweep of Buffalo
  • Eric Brewer recorded an assist while registering a team-high five hits and 23:06 TOI
  • Brandon Segal recorded four hits in 9:20 TOI, after getting scratched the last seven games

Even with eight regulars out of the lineup, the Tampa Bay Lightning threw everything they had at Ryan Miller Monday night. It just wasn’t enough.

Bruno Gervais snapped a 12-game scoring drought and Dwayne Roloson made 20 saves in relief for the Lightning, which fell in a 7-3 defeat to the Buffalo Sabres at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Tampa Bay, playing without starting goaltender Mathieu Garon or captain Vincent Lecavalier, has lost six of its past seven games. It also got goals from Trevor Smith and Ryan Malone, but dropped to 12th in the Eastern Conference, just two points ahead of last-place Montreal.

“Our guys have been pushing so hard lately,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “We have call-ups from the American League, and I’m not going to ask these guys to score left and right. It’s all part of the learning experience.”

Marcus Foligno and Jason Pominville each scored twice for the Sabres, while Cody Hodgson, Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis collected two assists apiece.

Miller stopped 23 of 26 shots on the night to record his 26th win of the season.

“Basically every line got on the board for us,” Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said. “You look at the score sheet and almost everybody is on it. It’s nice to have.”

Drew Stafford, Corey Tropp and Brad Boyes had the other Buffalo goals.

The Sabres are 4-1-2 over their last seven games and remain two points behind Washington for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Buffalo chased Lightning net minder Dustin Tokarski midway through the second period after he allowed four goals on 15 shots. It was the second consecutive start in which the Bolts goaltender was pulled.

The teams also combined for six goals in the second period, which ended with Buffalo holding a commanding 6-2 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.

“We generated some good opportunities for ourselves right off the bat,” Pominville said. “It was a big win for us and puts us right in the mix.”

Stafford’s tip-in at 11:31 of the first opened the scoring after he redirected a shot from Christian Ehrhoff past Tokarski for his 15th of the season. Pominville then doubled the lead as he fired a slap shot from a sharp angle just 4:19 later while on the power play.

The Sabres forward now has 16 goals and 35 points in 27 games against Tampa Bay.

After Foligno made it 3-0 just 1:09 into the second, Gervais cut the deficit to two by tapping home a nice feed from Teddy Purcell.

“We got a goal, we were back in the game, and then again a breakdown,” Gervais said. “We have to be a lot harder to play against.”

Foligno’s second of the night came at 16:22 of the second, via the power play, after Tropp and Smith exchanged a pair of goals that made it 4-2 with approximately six minutes remaining in the middle period.

Foligno now has five goals and two assists in five games since joining Buffalo on Mar. 10.

With Buffalo leading 5-2 with three minutes left to play in the second, Boyes’ sixth of the year increased the Sabres’ lead to four, while Pominville added another tally early on in the third before Malone capped the scoring with a tip-in of Eric Brewer’s shot from the point.

“We have to get our emotions up,” Gervais added. “If we’re going to go down, we’re going to go down kicking and punching. We want to make sure everyone here can bring a little bit more and we want to show up and fight hard every game.”

scoring summary
1st Period
Drew Stafford (15) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (26)
1 - 0 BUF
PPG - Jason Pominville (26) ASST: Cody Hodgson (18), Thomas Vanek (28)
2 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
Marcus Foligno (4) ASST: Tyler Ennis (12), Drew Stafford (26)
3 - 0 BUF
Bruno Gervais (5) ASST: Teddy Purcell (37)
3 - 1 BUF
Corey Tropp (3) ASST: Thomas Vanek (29), Cody Hodgson (19)
4 - 1 BUF
Trevor Smith (1) ASST: Ryan Malone (26), Bruno Gervais (6)
4 - 2 BUF
PPG - Marcus Foligno (5) ASST: Drew Stafford (27), Tyler Ennis (13)
5 - 2 BUF
Brad Boyes (6) ASST: Cody McCormick (3), Alexander Sulzer (3)
6 - 2 BUF
3rd Period
Jason Pominville (27) ASST: NONE
7 - 2 BUF
Ryan Malone (14) ASST: Eric Brewer (16)
7 - 3 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
Victor Hedman  Holding against  Tyler Ennis
2nd Period
Steven Stamkos  Hi-sticking against  Christian Ehrhoff
Brett Connolly  Tripping against  Andrej Sekera
Robyn Regehr  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
3rd Period
Brandon Segal  Hi-sticking against  Drew Stafford
Andrej Sekera  Interference against  Tim Wallace
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 27TOI: 59:23
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 23TOI: 31:44
Saves: 20EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0
Dustin Tokarski
Dustin Tokarski
SA: 15TOI: 28:16
Saves: 11EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 0