Lightning Win at Buffalo, Look for Fourth Straight Win in Nashville

By: Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

BUFFALO (CBS) After a win at home against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, the Lightning finished off the home-and-home series with a 4-3 win on the road Thursday night.

Mathieu Garon allowed two goals on three shots only three minutes into the first period, but he stopped 35 of Buffalo’s last 36 shots to help his team complete the sweep.

The Bolts had a rough start on the road to open up the 2011 season, but the team has won three straight games with improved defense, an aggressive front line and great saves by Garon in net.

Thomas Vanek and Brad Boyes opened the early scoring for the Sabres, but the Lightning settled down and got two big goals from Vincent Lecavalier and Nate Thompson to end the first period.

The bolts took the lead in the second period when Matt Gilroy sent the puck toward net which allowed Steven Stamkos to grab the rebound and send it home for his fourth goal of the season. Ryan Malone beat Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller on a one-on-one opportunity late in the third period to close it out for the bolts.

Tampa Bay got stung early on, but they continued to attack the goal and stayed strong on the puck.

With only one win in the first six games, the Lightning have made a recent surge as they head to Nashville tonight to face a struggling Nashville squad. This will be the only time these teams face each other, but one thing the bolts should be concerned about is goaltending.

Dwayne Roloson is 1-6-1 during his last eight games against the Predators, and Garon is 0-6-2 during the last eight meetings with Nashville.

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