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At the Horn: Lightning 5 - Sabres 3

The Sabres drop their second game in Stockholm, Sweden

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Sabres tallied a season-high 43 shots but fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-3, in their second and final game of the NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday. 

Sam Reinhart, Victor Olofsson, and Jack Eichel scored goals for the Sabres. Carter Hutton made 35 saves.

Patrick Maroon scored twice for the Lightning. Victor Hedman, Yanni Gourde, and Mathieu Joseph also added goals, while Curtis McElhinney made 40 saves.

 

What happened

Coach Ralph Krueger called for the Sabres to get more pucks to the net following Friday's contest, in which they were outshot, 34-22. They responded with 16 shots in the first period, including Reinhart's team-leading eighth goal at 9:30 of the period. 

Tampa Bay tied the game, however, with seven seconds remaining on its first power play of the night. Gourde took a shot that deflected high off the stick of defenseman Colin Miller and bounced in off the body of Maroon at the net front. 

The Lightning tallied a pair of goals to bookend the second period. Victor Hedman buried a point shot on the power play early in the period to give the Lightning a lead, then Maroon jammed home a rebound off Hutton's pad with only three seconds remaining to make it 3-1. 

Olofsson scored his seventh goal of the season - and first at even strength - to pull the Sabres back within one with 15:46 still left to play. Gourde restored the Lightning's two-goal lead with 10:12 remaining, then Joseph made it 5-2 1:07 later.

Eichel added his eighth goal with 38 seconds remaining in regulation.

 

What it means

The Sabres responded to Friday's loss with more of a high-volume approach on offense, but special teams proved to be a difference maker. The Sabres went 0-for-2 with the extra man; the Lightning went 2-for-3.  

Buffalo's winless streak is now at five games (0-4-1), the last four of which have come against teams that ranked among the Eastern Conference's best last season in Washington, the New York Islanders, and Tampa Bay. The Sabres face another such opponent in their next game, against Carolina on Thursday.

 

Roll the Highlight Film

After being on the receiving end of a Jack Eichel stretch pass, Olofsson stayed with his own rebound and put it between the pads of McElhinney for his third-period goal.

Video: BUF@TBL: Olofsson spins and scores in home country

 

Up next

The Sabres have a few days to get reacclimated to North America, then host the Carolina Hurricanes at KeyBank Center on Thursday. Coverage on MSG begins at 6:30 p.m., or you can listen live on WGR 550. The puck drops at 7. 

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