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Maroon lifts Lightning past Sabres at Global Series

Scores two goals, McElhinney makes 40 saves to help Tampa Bay sweep in Stockholm

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Senior Director of Editorial

Maroon deflects home PPG

BUF@TBL: Maroon credited with PPG after puck pinballs

Pat Maroon gets position in front and deflects the shot from Yanni Gourde into the twine for a power-play goal, evening the game at 1

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STOCKHOLM -- Victor Hedman had the perfect send-off, scoring a power-play goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2019 NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe on Saturday.

Hedman, the only player on the Lightning roster from Sweden, also had an assist on Alex Killorn's power-play goal in a 3-2 victory against the Sabres in the first game here Friday. 

"This has been an unbelievable experience for me and my teammates," said Hedman, who was questionable for the two games with a lower-body injury when he arrived in Sweden on Sunday. "But for me, coming home, to finish it off with two wins, it's been tremendous. Just super happy about this week.

 

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"Sweden means obviously the world to me, and to be able to come home, play for my team in my home country, that's probably something I won't experience again. So I'll cherish this moment forever."

Pat Maroon scored two goals, and Curtis McElhinney made 40 saves for the Lightning (8-5-2), who won for the third time in six games (3-2-1).

Video: BUF@TBL: Hedman cranks home PPG in Sweden

Maroon's line, which includes Yanni Gourde and Cedric Paquette, combined for six points (three goals, three assists).

"We all kind of play the same way, we find a way to get pucks," Maroon said. "We find ways to use the back of the net, we're creative in a way that we are good at protecting pucks and not forcing plays, and we know how to attack to the net, and we know how to go high-to-low. We all love crashing the net."  

Sam Reinhart scored for the third time in the two Global Series games, and Carter Hutton made 35 saves for the Sabres (9-6-2), who are winless in their past five games (0-4-1).

"We asked for a different game. We wanted a stronger compete, and we felt that we had it," Buffalo coach Ralph Krueger said. "There were stretches of the game today where we were very close to where we want to be as a team and how we want to play, and specialty teams did decide the game again today. Our power play let us down, as did our [penalty kill] this weekend." 

Tampa Bay went 3-for-7 on the power play in the two games, including 2-for-3 on Saturday; Buffalo was 0-for-2 in each game.

Maroon tied the game 1-1 with a power-play goal at 17:02 of the first period.

After Hedman gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead at 1:58 of the second, Maroon scored his second of the night with three seconds left in the period to make it 3-1.

Victor Olofsson, one of four Sweden-born Sabres who played Saturday, scored his seventh goal of the season, first at even strength, to make it 3-2 at 4:14 of the third.

Gourde made it 4-2 at 9:48 of the third when he extended his goal streak to three games, and Mathieu Joseph scored at 10:55 to make it 5-2.

Jack Eichel scored with Hutton pulled for the extra attacker with 38 seconds remaining to make it 5-3. Lightning coach Jon Cooper challenged for offside, but the ruling on the ice was upheld after video review.

"It's frustrating. That's the bottom line; it's frustrating," Eichel said. "I thought we did a lot of good things, it just seemed like at the timely moment when we needed a goal, we weren't able to find one."

Reinhart gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 9:30 of the first period. Video review confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line before McElhinney caused the net to become dislodged.

Video: BUF@TB: Maroon jams home rebound to extend lead

 

They said it

"They were a sign of the depth Tampa Bay has. If the top guys aren't firing on all cylinders, they have others to carry the load too. It's something that we are going to continue to work on too. Compliment to them, I thought what they did and their power play were the difference makers. -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger praising the Lightning line of Pat Maroon, Cedric Paquette and Yanni Gourde

"That just sums up what kind of player I am. It is what it is. I think you find luck and I never had luck with the empty net. I always find a way to miss them so that just sums it up for me. It's a good chuckle for me. -- Lightning forward Pat Maroon, who missed scoring a hat trick after his shot hit one post, rolled along the goal line, and hit the other post

 

Need to know

Reinhart (2018 Winter Classic, 2019 Global Series) is the fourth player in NHL history to score four goals in regular-season games outside North America and outdoor games combined. … Gourde scored the game-winner in each game here to become the first player to score multiple game-winning goals in a regular-season game played outside of North America. ... Maroon's only other goal this season was against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 3. ... It was the second time this season the Lightning scored more than one power-play goal in a game. They scored two in a 7-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 10. ... The three other Sweden-born players in the lineup for the Sabres were defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and forwards Marcus Johansson and Johan Larsson. Backup goalie Linus Ullmark, who is from Sweden, did not play after making 31 saves Friday.

 

What's next

Sabres: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the New York Rangers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, SUN, MSG, NHL.TV)

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