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What you need to know ahead of Game 2 in Sweden

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

It's the last day in Sweden. 

The Sabres dropped their first game of the 2019 NHL Global Series to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, 3-2. They'll look to get even when the two teams rematch this afternoon. 

Coverage on MSG begins at 12:30 p.m. You can also listen live on WGR 550, with puck drop scheduled for 1. 

Here's what you need to know.


About last night

Video: Condensed Game: Lightning @ Sabres

The Sabres fell behind 2-0 in the first period and, despite a pair of goals from Sam Reinhart, were never able to pull even with the Lightning. It was a special night nonetheless for Swedish netminder Linus Ullmark, who kept the Sabres in the game throughout a 31-save performance.   

From the Lexus Postgame Report:

Standing out on the ice in front of a sold-out Ericsson Globe as the American and Swedish anthems played is something Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark is never going to forget. 

The Globe, the biggest hockey arena in Stockholm, is the home of the Swedish national team and on Friday night, it hosted NHL hockey. The Swedes in the lineup for both the Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning received raucous cheers during pregame introductions.

"It was a very humbling experience and it was one of those one-of-a-kind moments that I'll always cherish for the rest of my life, at least," Ullmark said.

Read the full report from Stockholm for a complete recap with reactions and highlights. 


Inside the locker room 

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Sabres coach Ralph Krueger on the team's offensive performance: 

"Our offense needs to desperately want to shoot more and create more pucks to the net. We did create chances and we were in their end in opportune situations where we didn't get the shots we needed to create more pressure on their net. 

"We'll definitely be speaking about that. But generally, again, the effort was there. The compete was there. The attempt to change that score that went array in the first period for multiple reasons was there, and let's carry that energy into tomorrow."

Video: POSTGAME: Skinner

Forward Jeff Skinner on the power play's 0-for-2 night: 

"Our power play's hit a little bit of a snag. But I think, overall, we're pretty good on the PP. We have to find a way to fight through it and that's just the way it goes. We get opportunities, we have bear down. We have to find a way to try to get to the net and try to score some more goals."

Video: POSTGAME: Olofsson

Swedish forward Victor Olofsson on being on the ice for the Swedish national anthem: 

"It was an unbelievable feeling, just to hear the crowd. We got great support from our Swedish fans. It was a special feeling, for sure." 


Today's matchup

The Sabres will be without forward Vladimir Sobotka, who has been ruled out after leaving the first period of yesterday's game with an injury following a collision with Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Evan Rodrigues sat as the extra forward Friday and could dress in Sobotka's absence. 

Krueger will speak with the media around 10:30 a.m. EST. Check back here and stay tuned to @BuffaloSabres for updates. 


Swedish Taste Test 

Video: Sabres players try some Swedish food

"There's no meatballs without lingonberries." - Rasmus Dahlin 

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