BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Sabres lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday 2-1. Patrick Lalime started for Buffalo after Ryan Miller was forced from the lineup with what Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff calls "groin tenderness". Ruff adds Miller's injury is very mild. Miller is day-to-day.
Thomas Vanek scored to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead in the first period. It was Vanek's eighth goal of the season. Teddy Purcell scored to even the score in the first.
The deciding marker was scored by Adam Hall when Lalime failed to clear the puck from in front of his net. With possession, he tried to push the puck to his left, but it went right onto Hall's tape. Hall then scored to give put Buffalo in a 2-1 hole.
Lalime played well up until that point. He made 20 saves on the night.
Mike Smith countered with 29 stops.
The Sabres outshot Tampa Bay 12-3 in a scoreless third period.
Buffalo next plays on Wednesday, when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.