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Roger Mooney's Lightning-Sabres takeaways

DIRK SHADD   |   Times   Roger Mooney, Times sports writer, pictured in the Times Studio (03/05/18).
DIRK SHADD | Times Roger Mooney, Times sports writer, pictured in the Times Studio (03/05/18).
Published Apr. 7, 2018

Good to see Yanni Gourde find the back of the net with his first goal in a month. The Lightning will need more of those if it is to have success in the playoffs.

Rookie Anthony Cirelli has proven his worth on the penalty kill and in the faceoff circle. He shouldn't be overlooked with the puck, either, as his goal 30 seconds into the game showed. He got another goal in the third.

Want to know how tough it is to win in the NHL? The Sabres, who will finish with the fewest points in the league, have seven combined wins against three of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference: the Lightning, Bruins and Maple Leafs.