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Sabres Fall to Lightning in OT 3-2

Alex Killorn's goal at 1:50 of overtime gave the Lightning a 3-2 overtime win over the Sabres on Tuesday and kept Buffalo (0-3-1) winless on the season.

After a scoreless first period that saw the Sabres manage only three shots, Buffalo struck at 11:09 of the second on Cody Hodgson's first. Hodgson roofed a power play goal over a sprawling Ben Bishop, giving the Sabres the 1-0 lead and their first power play goal of the season. The Lightning tied the score about a minute and a half later thanks to a Tyler Johnson shot that went off the crossbar and into the Buffalo net.

Buffalo regained the lead with 1:26 left in the second period on yet another power play goal, this one courtesy of a Jamie McBain wrist shot, but Tampa Bay responded with a power play goal of its own. Teddy Purcell, in front of the Sabres' crease, one-timed a Ryan Malone pass between Jhonas Enroth's pads, tying the score 2-2. The goal came after a questionable high sticking call on Thomas Vanek. The Lightning finished off the Sabres at 1:50 of the extra frame on a backhand shot by Killorn.

One bright spot during the loss came in the form of the man advantage -- Buffalo's first power play goals of the season. Enroth was also strong, turning aside 31 out of 34 Tampa Bay shots. Bishop made 21saves in the win for the Lightning.

The Sabres will host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday at First Niagara Center at 7 p.m. Hear the call on WGR 550 with Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray.

1st Period


3:22 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (5 min., fighting)
3:22 - TB - Radko Gudas (5 min., fighting)
5:27 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., interference)
12:58 - BUF - Steve Ott (5 min., fighting)
12:58 - TB - Victor Hedman (5 min., fighting)
19:00 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (2 min., holding)

2nd Period

11:09 - BUF - Cody Hodgson (1) (PPG) (Thomas Vanek, Jamie McBain)
13:35 - TB - Tyler Johnson (1) (Victor Hedman, Ondrej Palat)
18:34 - BUF - Jamie McBain (1) (PPG) (Cody Hodgson, Thomas Vanek)

10:19 - TB - Pierre Cedric-Labrie (2 min., hooking)
11:23 - BUF - Mike Weber (5 min., fighting)
11:23 - TB - Ryan Malone (5 min., fighting)
14:47 - TB - Radko Gudas (2 min., roughing)
17:11 - TB - Eric Brewer (2 min., hooking)

3rd Period

5:43 - TB - Teddy Purcell (2) (PPG) (Ryan Malone, Martin St. Louis)

3:10 - TB - Radko Gudas (2 min., interference)
5:21 - BUF - Thomas Vanek (2 min., high sticking)


1:50 - TB - Alex Killorn (1) (Eric Brewer, Valtteri Filppula)


TB - Ben Bishop (21 saves, 23 shots)
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (31 saves, 34 shots)

Power Plays
TB - 1 of 3
BUF - 2 of 4

Three Stars
1.) BUF - Jamie McBain (1 G, 1 A)
2.) TB - Alex Killorn (1 G, 0 A)
3.) BUF - Jhonas Enroth (31 saves)

In light of the recent off field issues, has your enthusiasm for the NFL been affected?
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