Tampa Bay Lightning Strike Buffalo Sabres at Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Strike Buffalo Sabres at Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lightning sweep Sabres at Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lightning sweep Sabres at Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lightning sweep Sabres at Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lightning sweep Sabres at Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden.

Kirsten Schneider, Writer, Editor

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This past weekend, the Tampa Bay Lightning were matched up against the Buffalo Sabres, at the Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Lightning were seeking a sweep in Sweden against the Sabres, as their record was 6-5-2 prior to the start of the series. The Sabres, on the other hand, had a record of  9-4-2 prior to the series. The Sabres were looking to keep up their game, but the Lightning did not allow that to happen.

The Lightning went into their first game, thinking star defenseman, Victor Hedman, wouldn’t be playing against the Sabres. It was crucial for Hedman to play in Sweden because that is his homeland, plus his teammates and all the fans were really hoping he would dominate the Sabres at his home. Hedman was injured, but Lightning management decided Hedman would be healthy enough to play for the first game.

The first game against the Sabres was on Friday, November 8th. For the Lightning, Andrei Vasilevskiy was in net. For the Sabres, Linus Ullmark was in net. Kicking off the first period, Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov scored his 5th goal of the season. Then 16 minutes into the game, Lightning’s Alex Killorn scored his 3rd goal of the season. The Lightning were up 2-0 after first. Going into second period, the Sabres’ Sam Reinhart scored the only goal, making the score 2-1, Lightning. Last but not least, in third period, Lightning’s Yanni Gourde scored a goal. After he scored, the Sabres’ Sam Reinhart scored his 2nd goal of the game. The final score was 3-2 Lightning. The 3 stars of this game were Nikita Kucherov (Lightning) with his one goal, Sam Reinhart (Sabres) with his two goals, and then Victor Hedman with his one assist.

The second game against the Sabres was on Saturday, November 9th. For the Lightning, Curtis McElhinney was in net. For the Sabres, Carter Hutton was in net. In the first period, Sabres’ Sam Reinhart scored the first goal of the game. Following Reinhart, Lightning’s Pat Maroon scored a goal, tying the game up after first period. In the second period, Lightning’s Victor Hedman scored his first goal at home! Following Hedman, Lightning’s Pat Maroon scored his 2nd goal of the game. Finally, in the very busy 3rd period, the Sabres’ Victor Olofsson, scored a goal. Lightning’s Yanni Gourde and Mathieu Joseph then scored a total of two goals. Finally, Sabres’ Jack Eichel scored the last goal of the game, making the final score 5-3, Lightning. The 3 stars of this game were Pat Maroon (Lightning)  with his two goals, Yanni Gourde (Lightning) with his one goal and assist, and then Victor Olofsson (Sabres) with his one goal.

After the series, the Lightning’s record is 8-5-2, and they are 6th in the Atlantic division. The Sabres’ record after the series is 9-6-2, and they are 5th in the Atlantic division. The Lightning flew all the way to Sweden, seeking a sweep. What did they do? They swept the Sabres! The Lightning’s next game is against the New York Rangers on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 PM. Make sure to tune in and hopefully witness another Lightning dub!