The Buffalo Sabre’s enjoyed a phenomenal 10-match winning streak which unfortunately came to an end after a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday at the Amalie Arena. Cedric Paquette managed to score from a drop pass provided by Mikhail Sergachev during the rush which gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead with only 5:41 remaining on the clock during the third period. This was the fifth lead change of the match.
Buffalo Sabre’s vs Tampa Bay Lightning
“It’s a remarkable feeling to witness a shot go in against a world-class team like that,” Paquette stated. “It was undoubtedly a playoff atmosphere and the Sabre’s played hard. They had 10 games without a loss and we certainly needed the challenge to see what we were capable of.”
Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn, and Dan Girardi managed to score for Tampa Bay (18-7-1), who managed to win 4 out of 5 matches and moved ahead of Buffalo (17-7-2) for first position in the Atlantic Division.
Louis Dominque made a whopping 18 saves during the match, while Carter Hutton made a staggering 32 saves during the game. Sam Reinhart scored a total of two goals for Buffalo who lost for the first time since 4 November.
“I believe it was a marvelous stretch for us, a total of 10 matches in a row is phenomenal,” stated Jack Eichel, the Buffalo captain, who made two assists during the match. “It showed us that we have the ability to win every time we go out, and that should certainly be our mindset going forward.”
The match could have gone either way as there were loads of swinging taking place throughout the entire match. The teams were in each other’s faces from the start and if you consider yourself to be a die-hard fan, you certainly would have enjoyed the game from start to finish.
Things to Keep in Mind Going Forward
Buffalo’s defense-man, Jake McCabe, was removed from the game with an injury during the second period. Housley stated that they should have more details on the injury by next week. Buffalo’s defense-man, Nathan Beaulieu, played his 300th NHL game and was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty towards the end of the first period. Buffalo’s forward, Jeff Skinner, ended his five-match point streak and Eichel accumulated 11 points in the last 8 matches. Tampa Bay’s, Brayden Point, has a total of 7 points in his 4-match point streak and Hutton managed to win his previous 8 games with 7 starts.
What’s next for the Buffalo Sabre’s and Tampa Bay Lightning
The Buffalo Sabre’s will take on the Florida Panthers on Friday at 19:00 pm, while Tampa Bay Lightning will clash against the Florida Panthers on Saturday at 19:00 pm. On Tuesday, Tampa Bay Lightning will clash against the Devils, while the Buffalo Sabre’s take on the Predators for more NHL action. Stay tuned to see how everything plays out in the 2018/19 NHL season.