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Sabres Strike Lightning 2-1

The Sabres ended their four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay thanks to a solid defensive effort and goals by Cody Hodgson and Tyler Myers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

The win was extra special for Buffalo, as it gave interim Head Coach Ron Rolston his first NHL win.

“It was great, especially the way it was done,” Rolston said.

Steven Stamkos started things off early by knocking in the rebound just 1:24 into the game. He leads the league in points (30) and goals (14).

Halfway into the first period, Hodgson’s shot from behind the net was tipped in off of Sami Salo’s skate, tying the game up at one apiece.

While the second period lacked goals, it sure didn’t lack Buffalo penalties. The Sabres successfully killed off three penalties, including 45 seconds on a 5-on-3. The Lightning finished 0-for-6 on the power play for the night.

“Our penalty kill really came through tonight,” Myers said. “It was an unbelievable job by our killers.”

To make up for his two penalties in the previous period, Myers found the back of the net off a pass from Thomas Vanek less than a minute into the final frame. His goal gave Buffalo the lead and the win over Tampa Bay.

“The battle level and competitive nature we had tonight was outstanding,” Rolston said. “You could just feel it on the bench just how dialed in they were.”

Ryan Miller had 30 saves in tonight’s game. He now has a 2.83 GAA and a .916 saving percentage.

The Sabres are now 7-12-1 and head to Sunrise to face off at the BB&T Center against the Panthers on Thursday.

Sabres Strike Lightning 2-1
Thomas Vanek and Tyler Myers celebrate after a goal in the third period.
(Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Three Stars:

1. Ryan Miller

2. Thomas Vanek

3. Steven Stamkos

NOTES:

• Congratulations to Ron Rolston on his 1st NHL win!

• Buffalo Sabres have held a second-intermission lead in just ONE of 20 games this season!

• Sekera, Ehrhoff and Pominville had 20+ TOI

OLGA’S THOUGHTS:

The Sabres have been looking for more structure and they definitely found that in tonight’s game. Besides a few avoidable penalties, the team as a whole, showed a lot more discipline. They had good coverage and did not find themselves chasing and constantly having to react. They also kept a lead for almost a full 20 minutes, which is something they have not been able to do often this season.

Myers – I was happy to see him bounce back from his two penalties and shaky-looking play in the first half of the game. He didn’t let frustration get the best of him, he continued plugging away, battled for the puck and was rewarded with a goal to top it off. Hopefully this sparks some confidence that will help him steadily improve every game.

 

Olga Khmylev

Olga Khmylev

Buffalo Sabres Contributor
"Hockey is a man's sport." Thank you Mom & Dad! ☺ Ever since my dream of becoming the 1st female NHLer was crushed, I decided to pursue a career that would keep me involved with the most entertaining sport in the world. The Sabres are in my blood. My first game I ever attended was at age 2 and I think I spent 59 minutes of the game sleeping in the wives room... ha! Things have slightly changed since then and now my eyes are permanently glued to the ice whenever a game is on. I've been lucky enough to work as a PR intern for the Buffalo Sabres during the 2011 World Jrs and as a Results Manager for the International Ice Hockey Federation at the 2012 & 2013 World Jrs. The next chapter of my life involves entertaining you… Enjoy! 🙂 Twitter: @OlgaKhmylev
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