Sabres come up short to the Lightning, 5-3 in Sweden

Buffalo drops both games to Tampa Bay in the NHL Global Series in Stockholm

WGR 550
November 09, 2019 - 1:45 pm

The Buffalo Sabres will return home from Sweden with two losses in the NHL Global Series after a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm.

Day 1 of the NHL Global Series on Friday did not go Buffalo's was as the Lightning held off a late Sabres push to take the first game in Stockholm by a 3-2 score. Sam Reinhart provided the offensive push for Buffalo with two goals past goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, while Linus Ullmark did all he could to keep the Sabres in the game with 31 saves in a losing effort.

Reinhart would be the one to get things started for the Sabres with the game's opening goal near the halfway point of the first period. After Reinhart came off the bench on a line change, he found himself in open space right near the right faceoff circle. Sabres forward Marcus Johansson found him with a perfect backhand pass, and Reinhart's quick shot ended up hitting the post, off the elbow of Lightning goaltender Curtis McElhinney and in. The goal was Reinhart's third of the weekend, and his team-leading eighth goal of the season.

The play ended up being reviewed because McElhinney took the net off its mooring with his skates, but the league determined that the play was a good goal.

Later in the opening period, Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour tried standing up for a teammate in front of the net and was called for a roughing penalty. That led to a Lightning power play that Tampa Bay was able to capitalized on.

With less than three minutes left to play in the period, Lightning forward Yanni Gourde continued his hot play in Sweden as he put a shot on goal that pinballed around and eventually past Sabres netminder Carter Hutton. The goal ended up getting credited to forward Pat Maroon, who had the puck go off his mid-section and in for his second goal of the season.

The period ended with the Sabres out-shooting the Lightning 17-12, but the score only tied at 1-1.

The Lightning opened things up in the second period and were rewarded with an early power play goal from defenseman Victor Hedman. After Johansson was penalized for interference just 1:41 into the period, Hedman capitalized just 17-seconds later with a slap shot from the point that went in off of Hutton's glove.

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger and the rest of his staff were contemplating a goaltender interference challenge as it looked like Lightning forward Alex Killorn may have made contact with Hutton's glove on a deflection attempt. However, the play was never challenged and the goal was allowed to stand.

The Lighning continued to have its way with the Sabres in the second period, looking for another goal to go up by two before the second intermission. With less than five-seconds remaining in the period, the Sabres left Gourde and Maroon unchecked in front of the net. Maroon hacked away at it and the puck found its way through Hutton and in.

Tampa Bay ended up out-shooting the Sabres in the second by a 18-13 total, and took the 3-1 lead heading into the third period.

The Sabres opened the third with some desperation and ended up getting an even strength goal from forward Victor Olofsson to close the gap to one. Olofsson took a nice stretch pass from Sabres captain Jack Eichel and out-muscled two Lightning defenders to get to the net with the puck. After his original backhand shot was turned aside by McElhinney, his second attempt on the forehand snuck its way through the five-hole and in. The goal was Olofsson's seventh goal of the season.

All of Buffalo's momentum came crashing down near the halfway point of the third period as the Gourde line struck again. This time, it was Gourde who got a quick shot off on Hutton after a faceoff win, and the puck just crept through the blocker side for his second goal and third point of the weekend.

Just 1:07 later, the Lightning made it a three-goal lead off a Rasmus Dahlin turnover in the corner, and eventually Mathieu Joseph jammed in his fourth of the season through the legs of Hutton in front of the net.

The Sabres got some late contribution from Eichel with his eighth goal of the season with 37.3-seconds to go in regulation. Eichel was the benefactor of a rebound chance in front after Rasmus Ristolainen's original shot was blocked down.

In the end, the Sabres' comeback effort was not enough, giving Buffalo its fifth consecutive loss and dropping their overall record to 9-6-2 through the first 17 games of the season.




Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 9:30 - Sam Reinhart (8) (Marcus Johansson, Brandon Montour)
TBL: 17:02 - Pat Maroon (2) PP (Yanni Gourde, Kevin Shattenkirk)

Second Period:

TBL: 1:58 - Victor Hedman (3) PP (Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov); 19:57 - Pat Maroon (3) (Cedric Paquette, Kevin Shattenkirk)

Third Period:

BUF: 4:14 - Victor Olofsson (7) (Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart);19:22 - Jack Eichel (8) (Rasmus Ristolainen, Rasmus Dahlin)
TBL: 9:48 - Yanni Gourde (4) (Cedric Paquette); 10:55 - Mathieu Joseph (4) (Alex Killorn, Anthony Cirelli)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 15:07 - Brandon Montour (Roughing - 2 min.)
TBL: 10:40 - Nikita Kucherov (Hooking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 1:41 - Marcus Johansson (Interference - 2 min.); 14:43 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Interference - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 17:59 - Sam Reinhart (Roughing - 2 min.)
TBL: 16:14 - Cedric Paquette (Unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min.); 16:14 - Cedric Paquette (10-minute misconduct); 17:59 - Erik Cernak (Roughing - 2 min.)


Shots on Goal:

BUF: 43 (17, 13, 13)
TBL: 40 (12, 18, 10)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 35 saves
TBL: Curtis McElhinney - 40 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 2 (0%)
TBL: 2 for 3 (66.6%)

Three Stars:

  1. Pat Maroon (TBL)
  2. Yanni Gourde (TBL)
  3. Victor Olofsson (BUF)

What's next:

The Sabres will fly back to Buffalo and get ready for a matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. with the Paul William Beltz Pre-Game Show starting at 6 p.m. with Schopp and the Bulldog live at (716) Food and Sport.

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