Buffalo Sabres Clinch Postseason Berth in Win Over Tampa Bay Lightning

March 28th, 2010 by Spencer Timkey Leave a reply »
A hat trick, seven goals, win No. 200 and a clinched playoff spot.

All in all, a good night for the Buffalo Sabres.

With a 7-1 blitzing of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Buffalo clinched a playoff berth for the first time in three seasons. After a tough loss to the Ottawa Senators Friday night, Buffalo roared back Saturday at HSBC Arena.

Buffalo experienced deja vu. Tampa Bay experienced a recurring nightmare.

Reminiscent of the game played just nine days earlier, Buffalo's offense exploded. A hat trick registered, a goaltender chased.

Derek Roy notched his fourth NHL hat trick, Buffalo scored three goals with the man advantage and Patrick Lalime made 22 saves for his 200th NHL win.

Without points leader Tim Connolly or agitator-extraordinaire Patrick Kaleta in the lineup, Buffalo was forced to dress seven defensemen and 11 forwards, including Portland Pirate Tyler Ennis.

Buffalo didn't miss a beat.

The Sabres chased Lightning goaltender Antero Nittymaki after he gave up three goals, one coming on even strength and two on the pow ...

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