"My line is playing really well and we're getting pucks to the net," said Roy, who finished the game with four points. "I think I got a couple of lucky bounces tonight."
Unbelievably, Roy isn't the fastest Sabre to score back-to-back hat trick. Rene Robert holds that honor as the famed forward notched three-goal performances on February 13 and 14 of the 1976-77 season.
"At the start of the year I wasn't scoring much, but I was trying to help the team in other ways," said Roy. "Now, I hope I can just keep plugging away and trying to score. We have a lot of firepower on this team and hopefully we can keep things going."
Buffalo extended its winning streak to four games after receiving a pair of goals from JP Dumont, and individual markers from Paul Gaustad, Ales Kotalik and Thomas Vanek
"Once and a while that's all right, but that's not our style," said Dumont of the scoring carnival. "We've had a lot of success playing a tighter game and making sure we don't commit a lot of turnovers."
Four different times the Sabres lost and were forced to regain the lead after Tampa Bay came roaring back. Buffalo did secure the lead until Vanek scored at 10:38 of the third period.
"That was a playoff atmosphere," said Roy. "We've got to play better once we get the first goal. We laid back a little bit in the third period and we let them come at us. In the future, we want to keep going and keep the pedal to the metal."
With Buffalo's first shot on Tampa Bay goaltender John Grahame just 27 seconds into the game, Dumont gives the Sabres the early 1-0 lead. Receiving a drop pass from Briere at the right faceoff dot, Dumont snapped a hard wristshot over the netminder's left shoulder for his first goal of the night.
Nearly 13 minutes later Tampa Bay would answer on the power play. Following a Briere penalty for tripping, Brad Richards' shot from the right wing glanced off Chris Drury's shoulder into the top right corner of the net. Anticipating the shot, Miller was moving to left when the deflection redirected into the shortside at 12:56.
Ruslan Fedotenko gave the Lightning its first lead of the game after out battling Henrik Tallinder in front. Following a Fredrik Modin shot from the right wing, Fedotenko and Tallinder tussled for the rebound before the Lightning's right wing slide the puck between the left post and Miller's pad at 10:11.
Briere and Dumont would again connect for Buffalo's second goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first. Skating towards the back of the net, Briere finds Dumont on the backdoor for the easy redirect to tie the score 2-2 at 18:04.
Buffalo would take its second lead of the game midway through the second. With a delayed penalty called on Tampa Bay for high sticking, Gaustad received a pass from Drury and fired a precision wristshot on the shortside for his eighth goal of the season at 8:04.
Just over a minute later, Vincent Lecavalier tipped Pavel Kubina's shot from the high slot over the right shoulder of Miller to even the score at 9:15.
Buffalo regained the lead with a tic-tac-toe play. Receiving a pass from Tim Connolly at Tampa Bay's blueline, Kotalik found Jason Pominville
with an across-ice pass to the right wing. Pominville immediately returned the favor and fed Kotalik at the left post for a wide-open net, his 23rd goal of the season and a 4-3 Buffalo lead at 15:45.
Sporting a two-man advantage, Vaclav Prospal fired from the right boards, followed his shot to the right post and hacked away at Miller's pads until the puck inched over the goal line to tie the game 4-4 at 17:35.
Roy gave Buffalo a one-goal lead heading into the second intermission on pure effort while shorthanded. Intercepting the puck in the neutral zone, Roy deked Pavel Kubina - who fell to the ice - fired a dribbling wristshot on Grahame and converting on his own rebound at 19:19.
Following a Connolly turnover, which led to a two-on-one rush, Martin St. Louis received a pass from Richards and fired five-hole to tie the score for the fifth time at 9:43 in the third.
Less than two minutes later, Vanek snapped a precision wristshot over Sean Burke's glove to give Buffalo a one-goal lead at 10:38.
Roy made the score 7-5 with his second of the night after he was sprung by Mike Grier on a breakaway. Skating in alone on Sean Burke, Roy dragged the puck to his backhand and flipped a shot top shelf for his 12th of the season at 17:12.
Roy finished the hat trick with an empty net goal at 19:16.
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1-0 (0:27): On Buffalo first shot on Tampa Bay goaltender John Grahame, JP Dumont snaps a hard wristshot over the netminder's left shoulder to give Buffalo the 1-0 lead. The goal is Dumont's 12th of the season and his third point in as many games. Daniel Briere and Henrik Tallinder get the helpers.
1-1 (12:56): Following a Daniel Briere penalty for tripping, Brad Richards' shot from the right wing glanced off Chris Drury shoulder into the top right corner of the net. Anticipating the shot, Ryan Miller
was moving to left when the deflection redirected the puck into the shortside. Pavel Kubina and Martin St. Louis record the assists.
1-2 (10:11): Ruslan Fedotenko out battled Henrik Tallinder for Fredrik Modin's rebound in front of the net and slipped a shot past Ryan Miller
's right blocker to give Tampa Bay its first lead. The power-play goal is Fedotenko's 19th of the season. Modin and Brad Richards get the helpers.
2-2 (18:04): Daniel Briere skated around the left boards to the back of the net and found JP Dumont on the backdoor for his second goal of the game and 13th of the season. The helpers go to Briere and Brian Campbell. Period 2
3-2 (9:04): With a delayed Tampa Bay penalty called for high sticking, Paul Gaustad received a pass from chris Drury and fired a wristshot shortside for his eighth goal of the season. Drury and Mike Grier record the assists.
3-3 (9:15): Vincent Lecavalier tips Pavel Kubina's shot from the high slot over the right shoulder of Ryan Miller
to even the score. The goal is Lecavalier's 27th of the season. Kubina and Vaclav Prospal record the assists.
4-3 (15:45): Tim Connolly fakes out Cory Sarich at the Sabres blueline and finds Ales Kotalik cutting into Tampa Bay's zone. Kotalik passes across ice to Jason Pominville
on the right wing, who instantly returns the puck to Kotalik at the left post for the wide-open net and his 22nd goal of the season. Connolly and Pominville get the helpers.
4-4 (17:35): With a two-man advantage for Tampa Bay, Vaclav Prospal fires from the right boards, follows his shot and hacks away at Ryan Miller
until the puck slide between Miller's pads and the right post. Pavel Kubina and Brad Richards register the assists.
5-4 (19:19): Derek Roy
gives Buffalo a one-goal lead with 40.7 seconds remaining in the second after deking Pavel Kubina to the ice, firing a dribbling wristshot on Grahame and converting on his own rebound. The goal is Roy's 11th of the season. Jochen Hecht
and Henrik Tallinder get the helpers. Period 3
5-5 (9:43): Following a Connolly turnover in Buffalo's zone which led to a two-on-one rush, Martin St. Louis received a pass from Brad Richards and fires five-hole to tie the score for the fifth time in the game. The goal is St. Louis' 19th of the season. Richards and Paul Ranger get the assists.
6-5 (10:38): Thomas Vanek
snapped a precision wristshot over Sean Burke's glove to give Buffalo a one-goal lead. The goal is Vanek's 21st of the season. Roy gets the primary helper, while Numminen gets the secondary.
7-5 (17:12): Mike Grier springs Derek Roy
on a breakaway to give Buffalo its first two-goal lead of the game. Skating in alone on Sean Burke, Roy drags the puck to his backhand and flips the puck top shelf for second goal of the game and 12th of the season. Grier gets the lone helper.
8-5 (19:16): Roy completes the hattrick with an empty net goal.