Series (Game 2 of 4)

Buffalo leads 4-0

Game 1: Thursday, October 13th
Game 2: Friday, December 23rd
Game 3: Thursday, January 5th
Game 4: Thursday, March 9th

Sabres 4

(24-11-1, 49 pts)

Lightning 1

(18-15-3, 39 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 23, 2005

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
BUF 1 2 14
TB 1 0 01

R. Miller (Sabres - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: .968

H. Tallinder (Sabres - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

V. Prospal (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Buffalo (23-11-1) at Tampa Bay (18-14-3) 7:30 pm EST

Buffalo (23-11-1) at Tampa Bay (18-14-3) 7:30 pm EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- After falling one win shy of tying the NHL record for consecutive road wins, the Buffalo Sabres hope to avoid their first losing streak in over two months Friday when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Sabres won nine straight on the road and seven in a row overall before dropping a 4-1 decision Thursday to the Florida Panthers. Goaltender Martin Biron made 26 saves but was outplayed by Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo and suffered his first loss in 14 starts.

Rookie Thomas Vanek scored the only goal for Buffalo, which still is 17-2-1 in its last 20 games and has not lost consecutive contests since a four-game slide from November 2-9.

The Lightning will be trying to reverse their fortunes after Thursday's 4-2 setback to the New York Rangers. Tampa Bay rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period, but defenseman Nolan Pratt was called for a controversial delay of game penalty with just over three minutes remaining and New York's Tom Poti notched the game-winner on the ensuing power play.

Brad Richards had a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to eight games and John Grahame stopped 32 shots for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have lost three straight games and four of their last five overall.