The Buffalo Sabres took a trip to Tampa Bay, Florida looking to solidify their first place standing in the eastern conference and to also extend their double digit win streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning would prove to be a tough opponent in their home rink as they outshot Buffalo 37-22. Both teams battled back and forth until one stood tall at the end of 60 minutes.
The Lightning got on the board first in the opening three minutes to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Sabres would then answer midway through the first stanza with back to back goals. The first goal, a shot fired from Rasmus Ristolainen from the blue line that was tapped in by Zemgus Girgensons in front of the net to tie the game at 1-1. A minute later, Sam Reinhart would give the Sabres their first lead of the night with a goal of his own. After taking a shot in front of the net, the puck hit off the Tampa Bay goalies stick and floated in behind him to give Buffalo the 2-1 lead. The Lightning would take over the lead by the end of the first period, scoring two goals to have a 3-2 lead heading into the second period.
Sam Reinhart would tack on another goal for Buffalo in the first five minutes of the second to tie the game at 3-3. When Jack Eichel sent a long pass to Reinhart who was casually going to the net, the puck hit off his skate and directly into the net for Reinhart’s second goal of the game. The rest of the period would be silent as both teams would head to the third period tied at three apiece.
Tage Thompson would score in the first two minutes of the third to give Buffalo a 4-3 lead with a snipe from the left face off dot. Tampa Bay would tie the game at four on a power play only minutes later. Another Tampa Bay goal midway through the third would give Tampa Bay their final lead of the night at 5-4 and the Buffalo Sabres winning streak was stopped at 10.
It was definitely a fun winning streak but now the Sabres will need to focus on tomorrow nights matchup against the Florida Panthers and continue to play their game. This Buffalo team has proven time and time again that it can play with the best teams in the league. The rest of the league has taken notice. The Buffalo Sabres will not relent, they will not waver and they will not rest until the final whistle blows. Go Sabres.