Tampa Bay got off to a fast start on Steven Stamkos' 14th of the season. The league's leading goal scorer drove the net and poked a shot past Ryan Miller just 1:24 into the game, giving the Lightning an early 1-0 advantage. Canisius alum Cory Conacher picked up an assist on Stamkos' tally. Buffalo tied it up near the midway point of the opening period when Cody Hodgson banked a shot off the skate of Sami Salo. Hodgson flung a pass out front from behind the Tampa Bay net, however the puck deflected off Salo and wound up getting by Mathieu Garon.
After skating to a scoreless 2nd period, Tyler Myers put Buffalo ahead very early in the final frame, ripping a shot into the Tampa Bay net 52 seconds in. Just moments after nearly tapping in a goal of his own, Thomas Vanek gained possession behind the Lightning net and fed Myers near the top of the faceoff circle. The Buffalo defenseman, after taking two penalties in the 2nd period, gave his team the lead for the first time.
Miller was sharp in the win, turning aside 30 shots while Garon made 19 saves for Tampa Bay. The Sabres (7-12-1) continue their Florida road swing on Thursday when they face the Panthers. Hear the call with Rick Jeannereat and Rob Ray on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.
1:24 - TB - Steven Stamkos (14) (Teddy Purcell, Cory Conacher)
10:02 - BUF - Cody Hodgson (8) (Andrej Sekera, Thomas Vanek)
2:57 - TB - Brian Lee (2 min., delay of game)
10:38 - BUF - Nathan Gerbe (2 min., holding the stick)
13:56 - BUF - Robyn Regehr (2 min., interference)
5:15 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., high-sticking)
7:38 - BUF - Drew Stafford (2 min., high-sticking)
8:53 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., hooking)
0:52 - BUF - Tyler Myers (3) (Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville)
4:54 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (2 min., tripping)
BUF - Ryan Miller (30 saves, 31 shots)
TB - Mathieu Garon (19 saves, 21 shots)
BUF - 0 of 1
TB - 0 of 6
1.) Ryan Miller (30 saves)
2.) Thomas Vanek (0 G, 2 A)
3.) Steven Stamkos (1 G, 0 A)