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At the Horn: Sabres 2 - Lightning 5

Vesey scores first of the season in road loss

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres' 2-1 lead in the second period over the Tampa Bay didn't last long. After Jimmy Vesey scored on a breakaway, the Lightning responded Monday night at Amalie Arena with four unanswered goals - including two on the same penalty kill in the third period - to defeat Buffalo 5-2. 

Sam Reinhart scored Buffalo's first goal. Carter Hutton made 24 saves. 

Sam Reinhart has recorded 11 points (9+2) in his last 10 games against the Lightning, including four two-point outings.

Reinhart's nine goals through 24 games put him on pace for a career-high total (30).

Vesey's goal was his first of the season. 

What happened

The Lightning struck first with Nikita Kucherov's goal 13 seconds into the contest, but Buffalo was able to respond at the 3:40 mark when Sam Reinhart capitalized on a rebound to tie the game. 

Buffalo was then able to take the lead with an early second-period goal.

A night after being denied on a breakaway chance in Florida, Vesey capitalized on Monday in Tampa. At the 1:48 mark of the period, he beat Vasilevskiy for his first goal as a Sabre. 

Buffalo's lead didn't last long, however. The Lightning scored twice in a span of 2:06 to take a 3-2 lead. 

First, Mikhail Sergachev put one home from the point on the power play at the 7:20 mark. Then 9:26 into the period, Cedric Paquette's long-range shot through traffic found its way past Hutton .

Victor Olofsson hit the post on the power play with under two minutes to play in the second, for one of Buffalo's best chances.

With 11:43 to play, got loose and Paquette got loose shorthanded, cut in all alone and scored to make it 4-2. 

On the same penalty kill, Ondrej Palat scored on a 2-on-1 to give Tampa a three-goal lead with 10:34 remaining. 

What it means

Buffalo is now 11-10-3 on the season and close out the three-game road trip with a record of 1-2-0. 

Rasmus Dahlin left the game with 2:21 remaining in the second period after taking a hit in front of the Tampa Bay net. For the second game in a row, Buffalo started the game with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Jake McCabe, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Evan Rodrigues sat out Monday's game. Rodrigues was injured during Sunday's win over Florida. 

Vladimir Sobotka, Marcus Johansson, Kyle Okposo and Tage Thompson are also out due to injury. 

Roll the highlight film

Vesey's first goal can be viewed here:

Video: BUF@TBL: Vesey converts on breakaway for first goal


Up next

The Sabres return home for a game against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a hockey glove oven mitt courtesy of NHL Network. 

Tickets are on sale now.

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