'"We played well, and I don't feel we deserved the loss," goaltender Mika Noronen said. "Right now I feel pretty empty. We battled hard, but we just couldn't get it done."'
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'"There's no use even putting a date on it. We're looking at quite a ways away."'
'The Sabres also fought hard Saturday and didn't fold the tent after falling down 2-0. Despite coming off a home game less than 24 hours earlier and not getting to their team hotel until nearly 3 a.m., Buffalo pulled to within a goal when Maxim Afinogenov managed to stay on his skates while circling between Dan Boyle and Grahame and kept enough puck control to put the puck past a sprawling Grahame.'
'Grahame came up big again Saturday, particularly late in the third period when he came up with two pad saves to preserve the victory, Tampa Bay's third consecutive.'
'"That second goal on the power play was big for us," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "Obviously, that ends up winning the game."'
'The Lightning are 10-0-1 when scoring first. Buffalo is 0-9 when allowing the opening goal.'
'"I think the only think disapointing in the game was the score because the effort was outstanding," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff added.'