Gamenight: Lightning lead the Sabres 4-3 in the 2nd

April 06, 2018 - 6:42 pm

The Buffalo Sabres are playing the Tampa Bay Lightning in their second last game of the season. The Lightning are tied with the Boston Bruins for first place in the Atlantic division with just the weekend to go. If Tampa wins the division they'll likely play the Flyers or Panthers in the first round. Finishing second in the division would mean a tough matchup with the Leafs. 

First Period

19:30 - LIGHTNING GOAL. A bad giveaway from Sam Reinhart leads to a goal by Anthony Cirelli in front. Marco Scandella could've made up for Reinhart's mistake, but couldn't get to Cirelli in time. 1-0 Tampa. 

17:03 - SABRES GOAL. Casey Mittelstadt gets his first career NHL goal on the powerplay. Scandella passed it to Mittelstadt near the faceoff circle. Mittelstadt turned and ripped a wrist shot into the net. 1-1 TIE. 

15:25 - LIGHTNING GOAL. The tie didn't last long. Nikita Kucherov puts a weak wrist shot in off Chad Johnson. That's a save you want your goalie to make. 2-1 Tampa. 

13:28 - SABRES GOAL. It's a period of firsts for the Sabres. Alex Nylander deflects a Brendan Guhle shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy. That's his first career NHL goal. 2-2 TIE. 

10:20 - LIGHTNING GOAL. Yanni Gourde could be a rookie of the year nominee this season. He scores his 25th goal of the season, all alone in the slot. Chad Johnson could get the hook for Adam Wilcox if this keeps up. 3-2 Tampa. 

Goal Summary 

BUF: 2:57 - Casey Mittelstadt (1)(Evan Rodrigues, Marco Scandella); 6:32 - Alex Nylander (1)(Rasmus Ristolainen, Brendan Guhle)

TBL: 0:30 - Anthony Cirelli (4)(Yanni Gourde); 4:35 - Nikita Kucherov (39)(Unassisted); 9:40 - Yanni Gourde (25)(Alex Killorn)

Penalty Summary

BUF: None

TBL: 1:16 - Victor Hedman (2 min., delaying the game); 17:22 - Cory Conacher (2 min., high-sticking)

Shots on Goal

BUF: 8; TBL: 13

Second Period

18:56 - LIGHTING GOAL. Dan Girardi blasts home his 6th of the year. The Sabres allowed Girardi to get open in the middle, but Chad Johnson again has to make the save. 4-2 Tampa. 

15:30 - After Kyle Okposo was hit hard on the boards by Yanni Gourde, Marco Scandella jumped Gourde. Scandella received a four minute penalty, but it's nice to see him standing up for a guy that had a serious head injury just one year ago. The Sabres would kill off the penalty. 

10:59 - SABRES GOAL. Casey Mittelstadt wins the draw, Evan Rodrigues tips it back to Brendan Guhle, who finds Jason Pominville at the point in the middle. Pominville just puts a wrist shot on net and it finds twine. Mittelstadt and Rodrigues supplied screens in front. 4-3 Tampa. 

Goal Summary

BUF: 8:59 - Jason Pominville (15)(Evan Rodrigues, Brendan Guhle)

TBL: 1:04 - Dan Giardi (6)(Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 4:24 - Marco Scandella (4 min., roughing)

TBL: 9:55 - J.T. Miller (2 min., high-sticking)

Shots on Goal

BUF: 8 (17); TBL: 4 (17)

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