NHL Game Night: 10-25-11 Lightning at Sabres

Lightning respond well to adversity to move above .500.

TB-4
BUF-3

Mathieu Garon allowed 3 goals on 39 shots for the victory. He kept the Lightning in the game in the first period. It could've been 4-0 after the first 10-15 minutes easily, and he held off the wolves at 3-2 long enough for Ryan Malone to get the key insurance goal.

First Period
BUF Vanek (7), (Pominville, Adam), 1:56
BUF Boyes (1), (McCormick, Ellis), 2:31
TB Lecavalier (4), (St. Louis), 13:03
TB Thompson (2), (Pyatt, Moore), 19:00

Second Period
TB Stamkos (4), (Gilroy, Bergeron), 4:42

Third Period
TB Malone (3), (Clark), 18:37
BUF Gerbe (2), (Gaustad, Boyes), 19:10

Garon and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and third stars.

Sloppy game. Ugly game. But, for the Lightning to pull themselves off the mat after falling behind 2-0 early is an outstanding sign. Special thanks to Ryan Miller for allowing a couple of iffy goals.

Brett Connolly was +1 with 1 hit in 15:17. He got higher ice time tonight playing with Vinny and Marty, and they were the most dangerous line on the ice tonight. It's decision time right now for Steve Yzerman, but my guess is the coaching staff has already given him the thumbs up with 15 minutes on the big line in this game.

Blair Jones was -1 with 1 hit in 7:18.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.