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Done in by an unlucky bounce
The puck deflects off the Lightning's Shane O'Brien and into the net, giving the Sabres an OT win.
By EDUARDO A. ENCINA, Times Staff Writer
Published October 28, 2007
[Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
Lightning defenseman Shane O'Brien and goaltender Johan Holmqvist are stunned after the Sabres' Thomas Vanek, right, scores the winning goal in overtime.
TAMPA - Shane O'Brien lay sprawled across the ice, half his body inside the Lightning goal, as a few feet away a Sabres celebration took place among a chorus of boos.
So much went the Lightning's way in winning its first five games at the St. Pete Times Forum.
But on Saturday night against Buffalo, the team had plenty of bad breaks.
The Lightning's 4-3 overtime loss ended with O'Brien making a last-ditch effort to stop Thomas Vanek's breakaway in the final minute of four-on-four play. As Vanek streaked across the right circle, he flung the puck toward the goal. But O'Brien, sliding to try to block the puck, deflected it into the net for the winning score with 41 seconds remaining.
"It was one of those nights when the puck bounced the other way," goalie Johan Holmqvist said.
The goal marked the end of a night filled with bad breaks for the Lightning (5-3-1). A goal by Vinny Lecavalier, a score that would have been the winner within regulation's final three minutes, was negated because of an interference call on Marty St. Louis in front of the net.
"I thought we played a good hockey game," coach John Tortorella said. "We lost momentum at certain times. We gained it. We fought to the end. They scored a goal on our D. We had some chances in the overtime, and we couldn't finish. I have no complaints."
With 2:56 left in the third, Lecavalier rocketed a shot from the right circle that beat Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, but St. Louis, who was lurking near the crease in front of Miller, was called for interference.
"They said I bumped the goalie, but, you know, if it's interference," St. Louis said, "I think it should be a penalty or a goal. It was neither, so I don't know. I know I touched him a bit, but it was way before the shot. I was by him by the time he shot."
Tortorella said the right call was made. Miller, meanwhile, said St. Louis never made contact.
"St. Louis ducked in front of me," Miller said. "He tries to do that. He's a good hockey player. He doesn't get caught often. ... I appreciate the ref looking out for me. He told me right before that situation to watch the crease. He gave me one of those points at the crease, basically (saying), 'Don't whack those guys.' I guess it was cause."
The call definitely took the steam out of the Lightning, which rebounded from two Buffalo surges to tie the score.
"It did sting a bit," O'Brien said. "It would have put us up with two minutes to go, and we probably would have hung on."
Nathan Paetsch made it 3-3 at 13:13 in the third on a wrist shot through traffic.
The Lightning took a 3-2 lead by taking advantage of a five-on-three power play early in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and stave off the Sabres' momentum.
Lecavalier scored his fifth goal at the 6:18 mark in the third period, taking a pass from St. Louis and shooting a wrist shot from the right circle inside the far post past Miller.
After running out to an early 2-0 lead on a pair of second-period goals just 1:20 apart, the Lightning allowed Buffalo to tie it with two unanswered goals.
The Sabres seemed to take control on the latter, a power-play goal - the first the Lightning has allowed in four games - by Paul Gaustad that was scored after Jason Ward flipped the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty at 13:34
Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead 3:25 into the second period on Vinny Prospal's team-high ninth goal.
The Lightning's third line looked just as fluid early, and Michel Ouellet scored his second goal in as many games.
Buffalo answered at 9:30 in the second when Maxim Afinogenov's shot hit off Lightning defenseman Brad Lukowich and past Holmqvist.