NHL Game Night 12/6: Sabres at Lightning

The Lightning continue to be the antithesis of clutch.

BUF-4
TB-3

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 27 shots in the loss.

First Period
10:02 BUF Stafford (4), (Gaustad)
13:05 TB St. Louis (7), (Lecavalier, Krajicek)

Second Period
09:46 BUF Vanek (19), (Roy, Stafford)
10:21 TB Ranger (2), (Lecavalier, Prospal)
14:41 BUF Hecht (3), (Mair, Lydman)
15:20 TB Prospal (6), (Malik, St. Louis)

Third Period
10:03 BUF Roy (7), (Numminen, Stafford)

Vets played better. The effort was there. The results weren't.

Steve Downie was -1 with 4 hits in 9:24, and lost a fight to Adam Mair.

Matt Smaby had 1 hit in 8:32, and was caught in no man's land on Buffalo's second goal. Tonight was the kind of night that gets you reassigned to the minors, in my opinion.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 15:21. He was also 71% on draws, and was the best among the recent callups tonight.

Steven Stamkos had 4 shots and was 67% on draws in 19:28. The Lightning look like they're starting to work the puck more to him on the power play, and the kid has a great shot. Frustratingly, it's still not finding twine yet.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.