It's tough enough when they're having trouble scoring goals and winning games. They don't need bogus officiating calls go against them.

The Sabres were leading 2-1 late in the third period of Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay when Thomas Vanek was called for a penalty that looked to everyone in the building like it was going to be called on Tampa Bay.

And when Steve Ott touched the puck and play continued, goaltender Jonas Enroth headed to the bench to allow an extra skater. But just before the Sabres appeared to score for a 3-1 lead, the officials blew the whistle and directed Vanek to the bench.

Tampa Bay scored on the power play to tie the game and force overtime, where the Lightning scored again for a 3-2 victory.

Vanek says he had no idea the penalty had been called on him:

The Sabres scored twice on the power play, and Vanek says it shows the value of an effective power play:

Cody Hodgson and Jamie McBain scored the Buffalo goals on the power play, while Enroth played well enough to win, but the Sabres remain winless four games into the season.

The Sabres host Columbus on Thursday.