FINAL
VAN
3
PIT
0
FINAL
WSH
2
CAR
1
FINAL
NJD
5
TOR
3
FINAL
NYI
2
OTT
1
FINAL
DAL
2
DET
5
FINAL
BUF
0
TBL
5
FINAL SO
CBJ
4
FLA
3
FINAL
STL
3
NSH
4
FINAL OT
COL
3
CGY
4
FINAL
LAK
4
ARI
0
FINAL
BOS
4
SJS
7

Stamkos, Bishop send Lightning past Sabres

Corey Long  - NHL.com Correspondent | Friday, 12.05.2014 / 1:49 AM

TAMPA – Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Goalie Ben Bishop made 13 saves for his first shutout of 2014-15. Radko Gudas, Brenden Morrow, Jason Garrison and Brett Connolly scored for the Lightning, who are 11-2-1 at home.

Tampa Bay (18-6-3) promised to play its “A” game after losing 2-1 in a shootout at Buffalo on Tuesday. The Lightning did just that; they outshot the Sabres 35-13 and held them without a shot for nearly 22 minutes spanning the first and second periods.

“We wanted to come out strong tonight and really set the tone for the game,” Stamkos said. “The second period was one of the better periods we’ve played this year in regards to puck possession and making smart plays.”

Stamkos’ goal at 4:28 of the second period gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead and was the first of three goals in the period. Alex Killorn sent a pass to Ryan Callahan in the slot that drew in Buffalo defenseman Mike Weber and goalie Jhonas Enroth. Callahan passed back to Stamkos, who fought off Tyson Strachan for the puck and scored into the open net. It was his 16th goal of the season.

Morrow‘s second goal of the season came at 5:39 of the second when he collected a rebound off a shot by Jonathan Drouin and slid the puck under Enroth’s pad.

Garrison scored at 13:40 of the second off a slap shot from the point that hit the top of the post and deflected off of the back of Enroth’s pad to give the Lightning a 4-0 lead.

“It was a lot of fun to watch the second period,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “They have been playing really well and we controlled the puck and really controlled the action.”

Buffalo (9-15-2) lost for the first time in four games.

“We just lost track of what we have to do in order to be successful in some games,” Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said. “We stopped hitting, we stopped skating, just doing a lot of pirouettes in center ice and it got away from us in the second period.”

Bishop said, “I thought the guys didn’t let off the pedal at all the whole game. We were shoving pucks down their throat and I’ll bet you some of them are going to go in.”

The Sabres' scoring chances were few and far between, with little action in the offensive zone. Tyler Ennis had a clear path to Bishop late in the second period but was turned away.

“You can’t get in the zone if you’re doing circles and spinning away from everything and not stopping and starting,” Nolan said. “We’re trying to go up the wall with the puck versus trying to flip it in the middle. You’re not going to get in the zone, I don’t care who you play.”

Connolly scored at 18:55 of the third period on a 5-on-3 power play. It was his fifth goal of the season.

Andrej Sustr had two assists for the Lightning, and Tyler Johnson picked up his 20th assist of the season.

The Sabres and Lightning combined for 106 penalty minutes in the third period. Six players were given misconducts, with Victor Hedman, Brian Boyle and Morrow going off for the Lightning, and Nikita Zadorov, Cody McCormick and Patrick Kaleta for the Sabres.

“We’re all teammates,” Zadorov said. “We are all fighting for each other and helping each other. I think that’s the game and how we have to play it.”

Stamkos said he was pleased with how the Lightning responded to the physical play in the third.

“If teams are going to play like that and kind of test us physically, our guys aren’t going to back down,” Stamkos said. “Obviously the strength of our game is utilizing our speed and skill and playing the game. When things get out of hand like that, it’s obviously because the other team is frustrated and we’ve been doing something right all game.”

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:33TBL Radko Gudas (2) ASST: Tyler Johnson (20) 1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
04:28TBL Steven Stamkos (16) ASST: Ryan Callahan (11), Alex Killorn (6) 2 - 0 TBL
05:39TBL Brenden Morrow (2) ASST: Jonathan Drouin (9), Andrej Sustr (4) 3 - 0 TBL
13:40TBL Jason Garrison (3) ASST: Steven Stamkos (15), Andrej Sustr (5) 4 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
18:55TBL PPG - Brett Connolly (5) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (17), Steven Stamkos (16) 5 - 0 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
1st
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 4
+/-: 2TOI: 16:29
Radko Gudas
2nd
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:24
Ben Bishop
3rd
SA: 13TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 10-10
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:55TBL Victor Hedman  Holding against  Matt Moulson
2nd Period
00:45BUF Nikita Zadorov  Hooking against  Brenden Morrow
3rd Period
02:46TBL Tyler Johnson  Holding against  Torrey Mitchell
06:42BUF Marcus Foligno  Roughing against  Ondrej Palat
07:54TBL Brett Connolly  Fighting (maj) against  Tyson Strachan
07:54BUF Mike Weber  Roughing against  Steven Stamkos
07:54BUF Mike Weber  Slashing against  Steven Stamkos
07:54TBL Steven Stamkos  Roughing against  Mike Weber
07:54TBL Steven Stamkos  Slashing against  Mike Weber
07:54BUF Tyson Strachan  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Callahan
07:54TBL Ryan Callahan  Roughing against  Tyson Strachan
08:58BUF Nikita Zadorov  Misconduct (10 min)
08:58TBL Victor Hedman  Misconduct (10 min)
08:58BUF Nikita Zadorov  Roughing against  Victor Hedman
08:58TBL Victor Hedman  Interference against  Zemgus Girgensons
08:58BUF Zemgus Girgensons  Fighting (maj) against  Cedric Paquette
08:58TBL Cedric Paquette  Fighting (maj) against  Zemgus Girgensons
11:25TBL Brenden Morrow  Misconduct (10 min)
11:25BUF Patrick Kaleta  Misconduct (10 min)
11:25TBL Brian Boyle  Misconduct (10 min)
11:25BUF Cody McCormick  Misconduct (10 min)
11:25BUF Cody McCormick  Cross checking against  Jonathan Drouin
14:18BUF Rasmus Ristolainen  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:52BUF Mike Weber  Tripping against  Jonathan Drouin
18:17BUF Tyler Myers  Slashing against  Ondrej Palat
shots by period
PeriodBUFTBL
1st58
2nd314
3rd513
Total1335
Team Stats
CategoryBUFTBL
Power Plays0/31/6
Hits2622
Faceoff Wins2526
Giveaways69
Takeaways46
Blocked Shots177
Penalty Minutes5852
  • BUFFALO
  • TAMPA BAY
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6M. WeberD00-30618:35
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17T. MitchellC0000019:00
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80C. StewartR000009:20
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6A. StralmanD0001020:16
7R. GudasD1026018:24
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13C. PaquetteC0002515:10
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17A. KillornC0120016:23
18O. PalatL0012018:10
24R. CallahanR0122217:09
25M. CarleD0021019:37
27J. DrouinL0110012:34
51V. FilppulaC0101018:19
62A. SustrD0222015:58
77V. HedmanD00011417:08
86N. KucherovR0012015:15
91S. StamkosC1224416:29
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30B. Bishop13131.00060:00