Tampa, Fla. (CBS) The Tampa Bay Lightning are slowly recovering from a tough road trip and won their second consecutive home game Saturday night with a 3-0 shutout against the Buffalo Sabres.
Mathieu Garon played in net for the bolts and recorded his first shutout as a member of the Lightning, with 21 saves and a generous helping of blocked shots from his team. Tampa Bay blocked 22 shots as a team and helped their goaltender post the shutout.
It was a defensive deadlock through the first period, and both teams lacked any clear scoring opportunities. Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina struck first in the second period with a slap shot that made its way through a crowd of players before finding the back of the net.
Martin St. Louis widened the gap 8 1/2 minutes into the third period beating Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller on a 1-on 1 opportunity.
Although Bret Connolly did not have a goal for the bolts, he led the team with seven shots on net and one assist in the decisive win.
Defensman Victor Hedman capped the scoring for Tampa Bay with an open net goal at the end of the game to guarantee another win at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Guy Boucher made clear that the team’s success starts with their defense, and Saturday night they proved just that.
The Lightning will head to Buffalo Tuesday night to finish the home-and-home series with the Sabres. Lets hope their good play at the Forum will carry over to their road games.