The Buffalo Sabres emerged victorious over the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5 to 3, on December 18, 1996.

Final

TBL

Lightning

11-16-3

3

BUF

Sabres

16-14-2

5

Team

TBL

BUF

1

0

2

2

2

1

3

1

2

Total

3

5

Summary

Team Stats

Player Stats

1st period

TBL

BUF

Sabres

Derek Plante (EV) assisted by Michal Grosek and Mike Wilson

0

1

Sabres

Dixon Ward (EV) assisted by Anatoli Semenov and Rob Ray

0

2

2nd period

TBL

BUF

Sabres

Jason Dawe (EV) assisted by Alexei Zhitnik

0

3

Lightning

Roman Hamrlik (EV) assisted by Brian Bradley and Brantt Myhres

1

3

Lightning

Dino Ciccarelli (EV) assisted by Daymond Langkow

2

3

3rd period

TBL

BUF

Sabres

Derek Plante (EV) assisted by Mike Wilson and Michal Grosek

2

4

Lightning

Drew Bannister (EV) assisted by Chris Gratton and John Cullen

3

4

Sabres

Matthew Barnaby (EV-EN) assisted by Dominik Hasek

3

5