The final buzzer has sounded on regulation between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Buffalo Sabres. Here are some of our initial reactions to the third, yet not final period of play between the Lightning and the Sabres.
One of the few things that hasn’t let up this game are the penalties.
The first penalty was handed out at 3:10 in the period when Radko Gudas was sent to the box for 2 minutes for Interference on Drew Stafford. Thankfully for the Bolts, the Sabres were not able to capitalize on that opportunity.
Just over 2 minutes later, we would have the controversy of the evening. Sabres captain Thomas Vanek was called for 2 minutes for High Sticking Lightning captain Martin St. Louis. Here is where the controversy comes in. The whistle was supposedly blown late on the penalty. During said time, the Sabres were able to find the back of the net; however, because the whistle had already been blown, the goal was rendered no good.
The Sabres were under the impression that it was the Lightning who were being called, and the Lightning were under the opposite assumption. Unfortunately for the Sabres, the referees would side with the Lightning. (Don’t all die of a heart attack at the same time now.)
If there is anything that I have learned from my many years of watching hockey, it is this…no matter how much you disagree with a call, nothing you can do is going to change the referee’s mind. Even though admittedly, yelling and screaming usually makes me feel better, it still doesn’t change the call. So let’s move on.
During the third period, the Lightning again outshot the Sabres. Through 60 minutes of play, the Shots on Goal were 32-23 Lightning.
Both sides have battled it out on the ice, and a victor has yet to be decided.
We are now heading to overtime.
Check back after the game for our reactions to the overtime period, and your game recap.