NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Tampa Bay 2 (SO)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Drew Stafford evened the game with 16.1 seconds left in regulation and rookie Tyler Myers scored the game-winner in the shootout, as the Buffalo Sabres took a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The first five shooters for each team were unsuccessful in the shootout, sending it to a sixth round. Tampa's Martin St. Louis skated in backwards and tried a backhander, but Ryan Miller made the glove save.
The 19-year-old, 6-foot-8 Myers skated in and held the puck as he glided to the left side of the slot. Lightning goaltender Mike Smith bit, and at the last moment Myers shifted the puck around Smith and pushed it into the open net to give Buffalo the victory.
Miller finished with 24 saves, while Mike Grier also scored for the Sabres, who have won six of seven overall.
Smith stopped 30 shots, while Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos had the goals for the Lightning, who have lost three of four.
The game only progressed to the shootout after Stafford's late goal. The Sabres removed Miller for the extra attacker with time winding down in the third, and it paid off, as Stafford's narrow-angle shot from the right circle got past Smith with 16.1 seconds showing on the clock.
Miller made three saves in the overtime period, while Smith stopped one shot.
Lecavalier got the Lightning on the board late in the first period, with the final seconds ticking down. He fought for the puck behind the net, and tried for the backhand wrap-around from the left side, but Miller denied the shot.
However, Lecavalier got the rebound and unleashed another backhander that went in as the clock ran out, giving the Lightning a 1-0 lead.
The Sabres evened the contest near the end of the second period, just after a faceoff. Tampa Bay won it, but Tim Kennedy stripped Victor Hedman of the puck, which went directly to Grier in front of the crease. Grier lifted a shot over Smith with 45.5 seconds left, making it a 1-1 game.
Stamkos put the Lightning back on top with an unassisted goal 4:26 into the third.
These teams split the four-game series last season...Tampa Bay hosts Ottawa on Thursday...Buffalo plays at New Jersey on Wednesday.
10/24 22:35:30 ET