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Sabres Finish Up 4 Game Road Trip In The First Of A Home And Home With The Lightning

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Last Game:

Tampa Bay: Oct 20 vs. NY Islanders Win 4-1

Buffalo: Oct 20 at Panthers Win 3-0

Record:

Tampa Bay: 2-3-2

Buffalo: 5-1-0

Points:

Tampa Bay: 6

Buffalo: 10

Rank In Conference:

Tampa Bay: 12th

Buffalo: 3rd

Power Play Ranking:

Tampa Bay: 15.4(17th)

Buffalo: 21.0(8th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Tampa Bay: 81.6(21st)

Buffalo: 90.5(6th)

Goals For:

Tampa Bay: 22(T-2nd)

Buffalo: 20(T-5th)

Goals Against:

Tampa Bay: 25(29th)

Buffalo: 10(T-4th)

Shots For:

Tampa Bay: 222(T-4th)

Buffalo: 182(15th)

Shots Against:

Tampa Bay: 240(29th)

Buffalo: 191(16th)

Blocked Shots:

Tampa Bay: 114(2nd)

Buffalo: 83(21st)

Hits:

Tampa Bay: 144(10th)

Buffalo: 95(27th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Tampa Bay: 50.2(12th)

Buffalo: 48.8(19th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Tampa Bay: Lecavalier and Stamkos(3), Bergeron, St. Louis, Purcell, Malone, and Clark(2), 6 Tied with 1 Goal

Buffalo: Vanek(6), Adam and Stafford(3), Pominville(2), 6 Tied with 1 Goal

Assists:

Tampa Bay: Bergeron(7), Purcell(4), Shannon and St. Louis(3), 6 Tied with 2 Assists

Buffalo: Pominville(7), Vanek and Ehrhoff(4), Adam, Gerbe, Roy, and Gragnani(3), Stafford, Myers, and Sekera(2)

Points:

Tampa Bay: Bergeron(9), Purcell(6), Stamkos, Lecavalier, and St. Louis(5), Malone(4)

Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(9), Adam(6), Stafford and Ehrhoff(5)

Plus/Minus:

Tampa Bay: Hedman and B. Connolly(+3), 8 Tied with a +1 Rating

Buffalo: Sekera and Pominville(+6), Vanek(+5), Gerbe, Roy, and Leopold(+4), Myers and Gragnani(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Tampa Bay: Downie(33), Moore(14), Kubina(10), Malone(9)

Buffalo: Gaustad(14), Vanek(8), McCormick(7), Ehrhoff, Roy, and Stafford(6)

Shots:

Tampa Bay: Lecavalier(23), Stamkos(22), St. Louis(20), Thompson(19)

Buffalo: Vanek(27), Pominville(17), Stafford(15), Ehrhoff and Adam(14)

Blocked Shots:

Tampa Bay: Clark(26), Brewer(18), Hedman(13), Kubina(9)

Buffalo: Regehr(16), Ehrhoff(12), Leopold(9), Gaustad and Myers(7)

Hits:

Tampa Bay: Brewer(19), Downie(17), Kubina(16), Hedman(13)

Buffalo: Regehr(16), Gerbe(11), Myers(9), McCormick and Kaleta(8)

Face-Off Wins:

Tampa Bay: Moore(59), Lecavalier(52), Stamkos(40), Hall(27)

Buffalo: Roy(56), Gaustad(55), Adam(24), Leino(18)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Tampa Bay: Mathieu Garon 1-1-1 1.93 GAA .938 SV%

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 4-1-0 1.61 GAA .950 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Apr 5 Sabres Won 4-2

Season Series: Tied 2-2-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 46-19-5

All-Time at T.B.: Sabres Lead 24-8-3

Lightning snap slump by beating Islanders 4-1

One week after getting pummeled on Long Island, the Tampa Bay Lightning returned the favor.

The Lightning completely shut down the New York Islanders on Thursday night in a 4-1 victory that ended a five-game losing streak. One of those games was a 5-1 loss at the Nassau Coliseum in which the Islanders dominated virtually from the opening faceoff.

The Lightning then lost a home-and-home series to Florida, but the team that took the ice Thursday night played like the one that came within one victory of going to the Stanley Cup Final last spring.

“It was about discipline,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “Everybody was on the same page.”

Ryan Malone, Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos and Brett Clark provided the offense. The defense was a team effort — the Lightning limited the Isles to just 17 shots.

“Definitely, that’s the way we want to play,” Lecavalier said. “Last year we were successful because we played like that.”

The Islanders, who hadn’t played since Saturday, got a third-period goal from Michael Grabner but looked listless as they saw their three-game winning streak end. It was New York’s first road game of the season.

“They outworked us,” coach Jack Capuano said. “They had more desperation to their game. They got around our goaltender, and our forwards didn’t get around their goaltender. And to me that was a huge difference in the game, their net presence versus our net presence.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020084

Surging Sabres blank Panthers 3-0

SUNRISE, Fla. — Buffalo forward Thomas Vanek didn’t have a lot of  words to explain the chemistry he’s had with linemate Jason Pominville this season. Their play continues to speak volumes.

Vanek scored twice and Pominville had a goal and a pair of assists to lead the Sabres to a 3-0 victory against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Ryan Miller made 22 saves for the shutout.

“Yeah … I mean, yeah, so far it’s working,” Vanek said. “It’s a long year, but right now it’s good.”

With the two goals, Vanek now has six on the season to go along with four assists. He’s scored at least one point in each of Buffalo’s six games. Pominville has two goals and seven assists, and the pair is a big reason the Sabres are off to a 5-1-0 start.

“They like playing with each other,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “You hope that we can get the chemistry with another two guys on a different line in that sense. If you start to know where you’re at and you can get pucks to place where you’re anticipating, it makes you even more dangerous.”

Miller wasn’t tested very much in earning his 23rd career shutout and second against the Panthers. His best save probably came in the first period on a Kris Versteeg shot from the slot.

It was a much quieter night for Miller than Buffalo’s previous game — he stopped 40 of 41 shots in a 3-1 victory at Montreal on Tuesday.

“We owed him one, so I thought that was important, too, for the way we played in Montreal,” Ruff said. “I thought that last 40 minutes, and especially when leading, we stayed away from any of the odd-numbered stuff and we were going to make Florida earn something if they were going to get it.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020085&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

Oct 22, 1997 Holzinger’s 2 Goals Power Sabres to 4-1 Win over the Flames

On this Date in 1997 the Sabres took on the Calgary Flames from the then named Marine Midland Arena. Sabres forward Brian Holzinger had one of his more memorable nights scoring twice in the Sabres 4-1 win over the Flames. Brad May and Darryl Shannon also had goals for the Sabres. Calgary only goal came from one of the current Sabres assistant coaches James Patrick. Dominik Hasek got the win stopping 17 Shots.

Injury Report:

Tampa Bay: Jackson Left Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Ohlund Arthroscopic Knee Surgery(IR/Out)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Questionable), Gaustad Hip Flexor(Probable), Stafford Undisclosed(Probable)

Next 5 Games:

Oct 25 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD, TSN 2 HD)

Oct 27 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Oct 29 vs. Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 4 vs. Calgary Flames 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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