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Sabres drop first game in Sweden

Sam Reinhart scored a pair of goals, but the Sabres were unable to erase an early deficit in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

The game was played at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series. The two teams will conclude the series at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday.

Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn, and Yanni Gourde scored goals for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves.

Linus Ullmark made 31 saves for the Sabres.

The Sabres played the majority of the contest with 11 forwards after losing Vladimir Sobotka to an injury in the first period. The injury was the result of a collision with Kucherov, who ducked low to upend Sobotka as the two collided in the Tampa Bay zone.

Tampa Bay built a 2-0 lead in the first period. Kucherov buried a 2-on-1 feed from Brayden Point to put the Lightning on the board just 3:19 into the contest, then Killorn deflected a shot from the point by Victor Hedman on a power play with 3:46 remaining in the period.