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Streak snapped in Tampa

Late third-period goal allows Lightning to earn two points

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All good things must come to an end. The Buffalo Sabres winning streak stopped at 10 with a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday as Cedric Paquette was able to get one by Carter Hutton with 5:41 left in the game.

The game started off at an incredible scoring pace as the Lightning were leading 3-2 after the first period behind goals by Dan Girardi, Alex Killorn, and Nikita Kucherov. The Sabres were able to keep pace thanks to goals by Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart.

The Sabres were able to tie the game up in the second thanks to Reinhart’s second goal of the night as he redirected a centering pass by Jack Eichel with his leg.

The scoring picked back up in the third as Tage Thompson took a pass from Casey Mittlestadt and put it past Tampa Bay goaltender Louis Domingue to take a short lived lead as Steven Stamkos tied it up on the power play less than two minutes later. Pacquette then put the game away ten minutes later.

Eichel finished the game with two assists and five other Sabres had an assist. Carter Hutton saved 32 of 37 shots faced.

Per.TimeEVGoalAssistAssist
13:22Sam Reinhart (22)Jack Eichel (53)---
111:51PPGRasmus Dahlin (9)Rasmus Ristolainen (37)Jack Eichel (54)
115:11PPGAnthony Mantha (25)Andreas Athanasiou (24)Filip Hronek (18)
28:37Conor Sheary (14)Casey Nelson (5)Scott Wilson (3)
211:29Jeff Skinner (39)------
212:47Zemgus Girgensons (5)Jason Pominville (15)---
310:27Jeff Skinner (40)Rasmus Dahlin (35)---
311:39PPGBrandon Montour (8)Rasmus Ristolainen (38)Kyle Okposo (14)

This was the most physical game the Sabres have played in this season. The two teams combined for 51 hits with 23 coming from the Sabres. The first period alone saw a lot of chippyness between the divisional foes. The physicality came to a boiling point at the end of the first period after Killorn to a run at Bogosian as the horn blew causing all ten skaters on the ice to come together. The skirmish resulted in Nathan Beaulieu receiving a 10 minute misconduct penalty.

Jake McCabe was injured in the first period, but there was some hope as he did come out for the first few minutes of the second period, but went back in to the locker room for the rest of the night. If McCabe is not able to go tomorrow night against the Panthers, we could see the NHL debut of Lawrence Pilut as Marco Scandella is still dealing with his lower body injury as well.

Even though the streak has ended, there is no reason for the Sabres to feel down on themselves. They tied the franchise record winning streak and it took one of the best teams in the league scoring five goals, two in the third period, to take them down. The Sabres look to start a new win streak tomorrow night as they visit the Florida Panthers at 7pm.

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