The Tampa Bay Lightning completed a successful road trip to start the season capping things off with a 3-2 overtime victory against Buffalo at First Niagara Center Tuesday night. Alex Killorn had the game winner 1:50 into overtime. Tyler Johnson and Teddy Purcell scored for the Lightning while Ben Bishop stopped 21 shots. Cody Hodgson and Mike Weber scored for the Sabres who got a 31-save performance from Jhonas Enroth. After dropping the season opener in Boston the Lightning picked up consecutive victories in overtime to complete the trip with a 2-1 record while keeping the Sabres winless on the season. Killorn notched his first goal of the season picking up a lost puck in front of Eric Brewer skating to the opposite side of the slot and beating Enroth who was down and trying to recover. An uneventful first period saw Tampa Bay control the possession game forcing the Sabres into turnovers while keeping the puck in the Buffalo zone for extended periods of time. The Lightning failed to take advantage of the Buffalo miscues however despite generating a 10-3 shot advantage which could have been worse if not for six blocked shots by Buffalo and some overpassing by the Lightning. The second period ended pretty much the same way the first did with Tampa Bay holding the puck for extended periods of time. The dominant possession time resulted in the Sabres going 14 minutes 24 seconds between shots extending from the first period until the early stages of the second. But just like the first period Tampa Bay was unable to take advantage of its opportunities while Enroth made some solid saves to keep the Lightning off the board. Tampa Bay then started to find penalty trouble that allowed Buffalo to build some momentum as well as grab the lead. With Pierre-Cedric Labrie in the penalty box at 10:19 for hooking the Sabres opened the scoring when Hodgson found a loose puck at the side of the net to lift a rebound of Thomas Vanek’s shot at 11:09. The Lightning were able to come back however with some good pressure and better quality scoring chances. Just 37 seconds after Sami Salo rang a shot off the post Johnson pulled Tampa Bay even taking a spin-o-rama pass from Victor Hedman over to the right wing side where he drilled a top-shelf shot just under the crossbar at 13:35 for his first goal of the season. But more penalty trouble put the Lightning on the defensive once again late in the period. After Tampa Bay killed off a Radko Gudas roughing call Eric Brewer was forced to take a hooking call on Kevin Porter who was behind the defense. just 24 seconds after Gudas came out of the box.
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Tampa Tribune | Oct 9