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Both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres are trying to make a push into playoff contention.
Both teams, though, still have a lot of work remaining.
The surging squads meet Saturday in Buffalo, where the Sabres will try to extend a pair of point streaks at the expense of the Lightning.
Buffalo (24-24-6) is currently in 11th place in the East, eight points behind Toronto for the eighth and final playoff spot with two teams to leapfrog. The Sabres picked up two vital points Friday night, rallying from a two-goal, third-period deficit to post a 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars.
Nathan Gerbe netted the winning shootout tally for the Sabres, who have a 10-game point streak at home (6-0-4) as well as points in six straight games (5-0-1) overall. Thomas Vanek ended a 10-game goalless drought with his team-high 20th tally, and Derek Roy forced overtime by scoring with 39 seconds to play.
"We need character wins like that, and it's a big two points for us,'' Roy said. We've just got to keep this thing going. Everybody's on the same page and we've got to keep the momentum going.''
Vanek's goal was also Buffalo's first power-play marker since Jan. 21, ending a five-game drought in which the Sabres failed to convert 12 opportunities.
Tampa Bay picked up a point for the eighth time in nine games (6-1-2) with a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday and enters this game in 13th place - 10 points back of the Maple Leafs. The Lightning rallied from a goal down to take a 3-2 lead in the second period, only to allow a tying goal with 9:47 left in regulation and the winning tally by ex-Lightning forward Brad Richards 2:37 into the extra session.
"We came in against the No. 1 team in the conference and we made it hard for them again,'' Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "We've only lost one regulation game in nine games, so we are playing well. We're making it hard. We're fighting.''
Steven Stamkos, who notched his NHL-leading 36th goal in the loss, has scored in three consecutive games and has four goals and four assists during a five-game point streak. He has a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's two wins versus Buffalo this season, and five goals and eight assists in 13 lifetime games against the Sabres.
The Lightning's Mathieu Garon, who has gone 5-0-2 in his last seven starts, likely will get his third crack at the Sabres this season after turning aside 60 of 63 shots while winning the previous two - including a 21-save shutout Oct. 22. Prior to this season, however, Garon had gone 1-7-0 with a 3.61 ERA in six starts and eight lifetime games versus Buffalo.
The Lightning have not defeated the Sabres three straight times since March 14-Dec. 6, 2003.
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The Buffalo Sabres have recalled rookie forward Zack Kassian from Rochester of the AHL.
It's the third time the Sabres' 2009 first-round draft pick has been called up this season. Saturday's move comes a day after forward Cody McCormick was hurt in a 3-2 shootout win over Dallas.
Kassian has three goals and three assists in 19 games with Buffalo this season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Nathan Gerbe scored the decisive shootout goal in the fifth round and the Buffalo Sabres rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Friday night.
Derek Roy forced overtime by scoring with 39 seconds left, and Thomas Vanek also scored to help the Sabres improve to 5-0-1 in their last six games. Ryan Miller made 24 saves in helping...
Buffalo, NY – It took until the latter stages of the game, but the Sabres (24-24-6) were finally able to cash in on their countless opportunities as they rallied to defeat the Dallas Stars(28-23-3) 3-2 in a shootout in front of the home crowd at First Niagara Center. Derek Roy was able to force overtime when he put the puck past Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen with just 39 seconds...
Here are the lines from warm-ups:
Vanek on the fourth line in warm-ups. This is subject to change.
Andy Strickland of truehockey.com is reporting that contract talks between the sabres and soon-to-be free agent centre Paul Gaustad have stopped. Goose is in the final year of his deal with the Sabres.
There are several teams looking for...
Steven Stamkos had a goal and assist, and the resurgent Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday for their seventh win in 10 games.
I saw Luke Adam in the press box last night at First Niagara Center. The rookie centre was trying hard to smile after yet another healthy scratch.
Adam has been demoted to Rochester.
Zack Kassian has been recalled..
Steven Stamkos had a goal and assist, and the resurgent Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday night for their seventh win in 10 games.
Mathieu Garon made 26 saves, and Steve Downie also scored during the Lightning's two-goal second period. Tampa Bay (24-24-6) is on a 7-1-2 roll and has earned at least a point in a season-high four straight road games (3...
Lindy Ruff is selling it. I'm not buying it.
The coach said after today's skate that his forst line left winger and leading goal scorer, Thomas Vanek, will play with line mates other than Roy and Pominville tonight against Dallas.
I don't like the idea.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Dominic Moore was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Friday for a hit that injured New York Rangers forward Ruslan Fedotenko on Thursday night.Moore put his shoulder into the chin of Fedotenko early in the third period. Fedotenko was face down on the ice for a few minutes before being helped to the dressing room.Moore was only accessed a two-minute minor penalty...
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that forward Zack Kassian has been recalled from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.
Kassian (6’3”, 228 lbs., 1/24/91) will join the Sabres for h...
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Dominic Moore was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Friday for a hit that injured New York Rangers forward Ruslan Fedotenko on Thursday night. Moore hit Fedotenko on the chin with his shoulder early in the third period of the Rangers' 4-3 overtime victory. Fedotenko spent about a minute face down on the ice, then was helped off.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Nathan Gerbe scored the decisive shootout goal in the fifth round and the Buffalo Sabres rallied from a
two-goal third-period deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Friday night.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Dominic Moore was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Friday for a hit that injured New York Rangers forward Ruslan Fedotenko on Thursday night.
Nathan Gerbe scored the decisive shootout goal in the fifth round and the Buffalo Sabres rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Friday night.
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