“We’re confident in these guys, the guys out there,” said Jeff Skinner, whose 4:25 third-half goal gave Cypresses 3-2 lead. “It’s some big shoes to fill in. We have to fill in those minutes collectively. But we have confidence that we can get the job done. We obviously haven’t got the result. But there are a lot of good things and over the course of 82 games, these are sorts of things. that you want to build upon.
With Dahlin out, rookie Owen Power took the lead as Buffalo’s ice time captain in the game. Power, who entered the National League’s Rising Leaders in ice time at 22:41 per game, accumulated 28:14 in this one while playing for Clague. Lyubushkin took Dahlin’s place alongside Jacob Bryson. Pilut’s third husband, with Casey Fitzgerald, remained intact.
“That’s why you’re expecting more players over the summer, for these moments,” said Granato. “Unfortunately we had a barrage of injuries specifically to the defensive group which is a bit strange but you just deal with it.”
Here are some notes about the game:
1. Power-ful performance
Power had two passes, a plus one rating and six hits in the game, first against the Tampa Bay veteran lineup and in front of the usual selling audience of 19,092.
“The environment didn’t affect him a bit,” Granato said of Power, who played 24:43 at Carolina. “And I can’t say that to every player on the team. It’s just an amazing performance tonight.”
“It was kind of a good challenge for me to do that and hopefully we can build on it,” Bauer said. “Some of their goals came from real good chances for us and they came back kind of on the ice and put them in the net. They are obviously a team with real experience and it’s difficult to play against them.”
2. In the registration sheet
The Saber went toe-to-toe with Tampa, and came back twice to equalize the game in the first 40 minutes and lead 3-2 over Skinner’s stuffing from Alex Tosh’s pass from the edge of the tuck in 4:25 of the third half. Zemjus Jergensson rebounded off the backboards to make it 1-1 at 16:24 of the first period, and Casey Mittelstadt’s mid-air shot from Bower’s wrist at 8:34 of the second made it 2-2.
Nick Ball and Brayden Point scored Tampa’s first two goals, and also the last in a power game. Brandon Hagel, a former Buffalo pick, tied it 3-3 at 7:40 of the third, shoving the ball out of its tight spot after it initially caught a shot.
“We lost that match because of the difference in experience, not skill,” Granato said.
3. Into the window
It was a solid showing from Comrie at Buffalo, who made several great saves against Lightning’s marquee players. He thwarted a second-half point in a choppy move and spent the middle three times frustrating Kucherov and stopping Hagel in a short-term breakup. But Berbex’s goal, a shot without a screen, upset him.
“The guys played great tonight. Our D-cor team was great. We fought really hard and deserved to get at least a point tonight,”
Comrie said. “I let in a goal with less than five minutes left and I can’t do that in a 3-3 game. If they take perfect shots, I applaud them. But that’s a save I can do and I want it to make.”