The Lightning scored two goals in the span of 1:46 late in the third period, giving Tampa Bay a 3-2 win over the Sabres (2-10-1) on Saturday. Ryan Miller made 36 saves in the loss.
Tampa Bay grabbed the first-period lead with a power play goal by Tyler Johnson, snapping a Valtteri Filppula rebound into the open net. Tyler Myers couldn't control the bouncing puck following Filppula's shot, but Johnson was able to scoop it up, putting the Lightning up 1-0. Brian Flynn's second of the season tied it at 12:58 of the middle frame.
Thomas Vanek, taking a backhand pass from Macus Foligno, put Buffalo ahead at 12:46 of the final period. Vanek ripped a shot into the upper corner of the net, giving the Sabres a 2-1 lead. It wouldn't last long, thanks to Martin St. Louis. Ryan Miller caught a piece of St. Louis' shot, but the puck landed in the net. Just 1:46 later, Tampa Bay regained the lead for good when Ondrej Palat stuffed a loose puck past Miller.
On Monday, Lindy Ruff returns to First Niagara Center for the first time since February as head coach of the Stars. Buffalo and Dallas will face off at 7 p.m. on WGR 550.
12:48 - TB - Tyler Johnson (3) (PPG) (Valtteri Filppula, Matt Carle)
12:46 - BUF - Thomas Vanek (4) (Marcus Foligno, Zemgus Girgensons)
14:09 - TB - Martin St. Louis (6) (Steven Stamkos, Radko Gudas)
15:55 - TB - Ondrej Palat (3) (Tyler Johnson)
BUF - Ryan Miller (36 saves, 39 shots)
TB - Ben Bishop (20 saves, 22 shots)
BUF - 0 of 3
TB - 1 of 6
1.) TB - Ondrej Palat (1 G, 0 A)
2.) TB - Martin St. Louis (1 G, 0 A)
3.) BUF - Ryan Miller (36 saves)
Lightning Come Back to Beat Sabres 3-2
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Rebuilding doesn't mean destroying the franchise in the process. I hate every talking suit associated to this organization. The fans deserve so much better!
Stafford and Hodgson
So listening to Rolston talk about these two guys, you would think that he has had it with their lack of productivity. And who gave these two guys long-term contracts? This organization is a total train-wreck. The veterans like Stafford and Hodgson obviously go through the motions and the two stars want out. Until ownership wakes up and realizes what the real problem is here, nothing is going to change. This is getting REALLY ugly. At some point fans are not even going to boo anymore. They are just going to stop caring. At that point the apathy will equal the veterans play on the ice.
Why doesn't this team just leave Buffalo?
What did we ever do to deserve people like Ted Black, Darcy Regier, and Terry Pegula? Haven't we suffered enough that it doesn't have to be insulting our very intelligence? Can't they just go somewhere and torture another city for a change?
Can we have a new owner who has a clue?
They won't win more than 15 games all year. I can't be bothered even getting involved with this team anymore. I check the scores, ok another loss what's new, then move on to a life. I don't get upset anymore, I expect them to lose. It's an anomaly if they win. I am curious if they will win two in a row. So sad and pathetic for what was once a great franchise. Thanks Darcy, thanks Terry. Man, they should have hired me I could have wrecked this team for a lot less money.
that when miller lets in two almost always lets in a third.
were is the offense
message for the coach. when we see some real offense from our team. this is not a put down on you or the players. but to keep on loseing by a goal. is sad. Fans you can see that they are in every game. But its like they got to clost out games. and thats when coaching come in. There got to be a soultion to this. start back at the start of preseason. what every you were doing then it worked. but just to keep on bringing up more players. its not getting the job done. you need some players who can hold the puck in their end. untill we some players like that we always going to lose in the last minute of games. to the players just dont give up sooner or later, it will come. but if get to more later than the season is over already. still love you boys. just show them ruff buff. Oh keep your head up.
hey darcy how bout putting hockey players on the ice instead of walmart greeters. this is horrible no talent. a message to the fans stop going to the games!!!!!!!
Looking like the BIlls business model
The Sabres organization is taking the business model of the Buffalo Bills - put a crappy team on the ice and shove it down the throats of the fans.
Rolston sits two players in 3rd period so other players have to work double shifts and get overworked ... What a Dumb (u know what)!!!!!!
Late game meltdown
Usual Miller let down late in the game. Plays great at times but when the chips are down he always lets in late goals to either tie or lose. See this game vs Enroth's last game....
What else is new
Seen this for the last four years. When the Sabres get a lead…they sit back and end up losing. Same system as Linda Ruff. FIRE REGEIR AND ROLSTON!!!
RE: Stafford and Hodgson
Umm Stars??? when did you actually think that these two guys were stars? what have they proven in their entire compaign with buffalo and Vancouver? Besides one season for Stafford he's proven nothing. Same for Hodgson. I watch game after games of both of these guys just going thru the motions and collecting a pay check. You cant pay Stafford $4mill to start on the 4th line. Its all on Reiger. Also Rolston is a terrible head coach, If he cant motivate these guys then why not sit them down for a few games. This is the exact same team as the last few years minus the rookies and the guys u traded away/brought in. It wasn't like they totally gutted the team anyway. The owner is clueless. so is the coach, GM and Pres.
Any trades yet??? Firings???
And yet… its still business as usual. What a pathetic Joke!
So far during this "rebuilding" process
the Sabres have
1. Not made any significant free agent signings, 2. kept Miller & Vanek, who both want out & are going to walk at the end of the season with nothing in return, 3. extended Hodgson, who looks lazy & lost most times & is a third line center at best, 4. bought out Gerbe (possibly the most heart that was on the team) while keeping Stafford & Leino (2 of the worst players in the entire league), 5. kept a coach that is in over his head without interviewing any other candidates (why not Roy?), 6. kept a GM that has done nothing but drive this franchise to its lowest point in 17 years, 7. still do not know how to bring young talent along without totally destroying their confidence, 8. have put the worst product on the ice in the entire league. I am sure I missed at least 1 or 2 more things. Hopefully things will finally start to change, I have noticed fewer & fewer fans at games so it should start to hit ownership in the only place that they care about, the wallet. This is embarrassing & disgusting! STOP going to games! This city does not deserve this.
The Sabres are not going to make the playoffs for the third straight season because of Darcy Regier. When will this Joke end??? He is doing absolutely nothing about it. Nothing. I can't watch this any more or buy anymore tickets until this moron and his dupe of a coach are both shown the door. I'm surprised I lasted this long putting up with this Joke. I'm done. This jackazzz owner can't get the hint hearing the fans at the FNC on Darcy or is he stupid?
Waterbug Sucks (Ennis)
Get him out of here. Experiment is over. Enough said.
We went to the game last night and I can't believe how much this team has regressed.Miller was the only Sabre that came to play.When are they going to fire Rolston and Reiger and start to rebuild this team!
I'm No Sherlock Holmes, , but..........
Darcy Regier's finger prints are ALL OVER this team!
From the players to the coaching staff.......this franchise is reeling and yet, upper management chooses to stay the course with this guy???
I just don't get it!!!
We are so bad, that when we put players on waivers.......NOBODY ELSE in the NHL wants them!!
Let me predict the next "typical" Darcy move:
"If", Ron Rolston gets fired......He appoints Joe Sacco as interim Head Coach. Nothing personal against Joe Sacco....but it's the typical vanilla, boring, conservative, Darcy move.
The rumor is, he "overvalues" his players and other GM's don't even like to do business with him.
He chooses the next Head Coach WITHOUT EVEN INTERVIEWING ANYONE OUTSIDE THE ORGANIZATION......even for another perspective??? WHAT ARE WE DOING!?!?!?
I LOVE the Sabres, but I'm CRUSHED at their current situation. Crushed and growing more angry with each game.
Not that anyone cares, it's obvious they don't.........but I can promise you, I will NOT spend 1 nickel on merchandise, games, concessions or ANYTHING until 1 of 2 things happens:
1) Darcy is fired!
2) The product on the ice makes some type of miraculous turn around and begins to compete and look like an NHL franchise. They don't even have to WIN.....Just show compete and be GOOD AT SOMETHING!!!
I'm so embarrassed!
I know hockey more than U
Like Coach ron said, it's a process, the goal isn't about wins now haters! We'll get the no. 1 pick next year and most likely go on to win one cup after another with Coach ron and Darce, Millsie and Vanner and Staffs will be raising Lord Stan's cup too
Are the Trade Winds Blowing?
Last night, we saw two of the Sabres' Top-6 forwards benched in the third period. Could this be an indication that the brains trust - behind the bench and beyond - has lost faith (or at least losing patience) in these two players, and - possibly - other under-achieving members of that Top-6? If so, might we see some player movement beyond the long-anticipated trading of Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller? With a number of other teams struggling - this weekend's results notwithstanding - might Darcy Regier find other trade partners to tango well before the trade deadline?
Any Sabres rumors???
Rolston is supposed to be a great teacher, right? Why is it then that a Sabres' player cannot make a pass to another team mate? I just don't get it. Worst coach ever. If we are in a rebuild mode, why are Miller and Vanek still here?? That's right Regier SUCKS, I forgot. Embarrassing team.
What more could you ask for?
The Sabres suck, the Bills suck, and Bandits we don't know yet. Keep buying the tickets and nothing will change!!!
I've seen this movie many times the last four years and am tired of it
Miller blows the lead. It's time to change the flick and trade the bum. Get rid of Ennis and Stafford too. Totally useless.
why is there even a comment section?
There really isn't anything more to say that already hasn't been said. It is like beating a dead horse. Until the powers that be change the GM and get some new eyes on the problem things will remain the same.
Sylvester, Peters, Hamilton, and Jeremy will still shill this Joke during the week and the soft interviewing by Simon will continue. What idiots!!!
Re: why is there even a comment section?
They are important. The only wish is that WGR would send them to the DOUCHE owner. WGR could help on the shows by not shilling this Joke, especially from 10 AM to 12 in the afternoon.
and then what happens?
If,and only if these players develop, then at their peak Darcy will trade them away. They will only stay if they can under achieve.
MISTAKE! A DESPERATE MOVE BY A TERRIBLE GM READFY TO GET FIRED!! PEGULA ISD A MORON FOR LETTING THIS HAPPEN! WALMART= "THEEE BIGGEST NICKLE AND DIME LOoSER FRANCHISE IN PRO SPORTS"