Lightning find success in Sweden over Sabres

by Gary Shelton on November 9, 2019 · 0 comments

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Kucherov got the Bolts off to a fast start./JEFFREY S. KING

Saturday, 4 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Lightning haven't exactly been out of this world this season, but perhaps they found a piece of themselves half a world away.

The Bolts beat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in a game in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday. That game, and another today, is part of the NHL's Global Series.

The Bolts, off to a mediocre start at 7-5-2, got first-period goals from Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn in their win. Yanni Gourde also scored.

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In particular, Lightning coach Jon Cooper was impressed with Kucherov's goal.

That's a world-class finish," Cooper said. "Great play. Great for Shatty to recognize that and wrap that around. I'll have to see, but I don't know if that puck hit the ice. Not a lot of guys can do that, but he's one of them. I thought he had a great game after that."

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had 20 saves and ran his record to 9-1-1 against the Sabres.

"I think we had a complete game,' said Killorn, "and we haven't had that for a big part of the season.

Following today's 1 p.m. game, the Lightning is off until Friday, when it plays host to the Rangers.

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