Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lightning drops shootout to Buffalo

Tyler Myers scored in the sixth round of the shoot out and Ryan Miller stayed undefeated on the season, as the Buffalo Sabres out-lasted the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Saturday night, in front of 15,804 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.

Vincent Lecavalier scored with one second to go in the first period, giving the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

In the second, Mike Grier scored for Buffalo at 19:14, tying the game 1-1 through 40 minutes.

In the third, Steven Stamkos slipped in a wrap-around at 4:26 to put Tampa Bay back on top at 2-1, but Drew Stafford scored for the Sabres at 19:43, tying the game 2-2.

Neither team was able to light the lamp in overtime, and the game moved on to a deciding shootout.

The shootout went six rounds, with Tyler Myers scoring in round six to win the game 3-2 for Buffalo. Myers was the only shooter to find the net in the shootout.

The Sabres out-shot the Lightning 33-26. Ryan Miller had 24 saves and is 6-0-1 this eason for Buffalo, who scored once in 6 power play chances. Mike Smith had 31 saves for the Lightning, who misfired on six power plays.

Buffalo improves to 6-1-1 for 13 points, 1 point ahead of Ottawa in the Northeast. Tampa Bay slips to 3-3-3 fpr 9 points and tied for second in the Southeast with Atlanta, 5 points behind first place Washington.

The Lightning hosts the Northeast-leading Ottawa Senators on Thursday, October 29th. It'll be Hockey Fights Cancer Night, with face-off set for 7:00p.m. EDT. 620 WDAE has the radio call and Sun Sports the telecast. New Jersey visits Tampa for the second time this season on Saturday, October 31st at 3:00p.m. EDT.

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