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Saturday, October 10, 2015

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres dropped an afternoon-game decision to the Tampa Lightning 4-1 at First Niagara Center.

The Lightning had four different goal scorers while Chad Johnson stopped 27 of 31 shots in the loss for the home team.

After a scoreless first period, Erik Condra scored on a wrist shot for Tampa at 8:14 of the second, assisted by Victor Hedman and Valterri Filppula. Nicolas Deslauriers tied it for Buffalo at 13:55, putting a backhand shot behind Tampa netminder Ben Bishop. Sam Reinhart and Josh Gorges assisted for the Blue & Gold. Nikita Kucherov put Tampa back up at 19:34. The wrist-shot goal was assisted by Tyler Johnson and Anton Stralman.

In the third, Steven Stamkos made it 3-1 Tampa at 8:53, assisted by Ryan Callahan. J.T. Brown scored the final goal of the game at 12:41. The tip-in was assisted by Jason Garrison and Braydon Coburn.

The Sabres, now 0-2, next play Monday afternoon when the holiday-namesake Columbus Blue Jackets come to Buffalo.


  • Today's game was the first of 11 afternoon games for the Sabres in 2015-16. The next is in two days, on Monday vs. Columbus (3 p.m.).
  • With the loss, the Sabres have dropped their last five games against the Lightning for the firsts time in franchise history.
  • Buffalo won the faceoff battle today, 35-24 (59.3%), led by Ryan O'Reilly (11-for-14, 78.9%).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen led all skaters on either team with 26:41 of ice time, the eighth-highest total of his career. Evander Kane led all forwards with 20:55.
  • The Sabres made a few roster moves before this afternoon's game, placing Robin Lehner (lower body) on injured reserve, recalling Nathan Lieuwen, and assigning Jake McCabe and Linus Ullmark to Rochester.

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