Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis both found the net, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Sabres on Tuesday and putting an end to Buffalo's winning streak.
Stamkos started the scoring with about four minutes to play in the opening period, beating Ryan Miller for his 23rd goal. Tampa Bay opened up a 2-0 lead at 8:15 of the second period on St. Louis' 8th. The Lightning forward connected on a one-timer during a 5-on-3 power play, with Robyn Regehr and Mike Weber in the box. Marcus Foligno was also sitting with a five-minute major following a spirited fight with Keith Aulie.
Buffalo was outshot 16-5 in the second period, 23-15 for the entire game.
Jordan Leopold cut the deficit in half with a little over three minutes remaining in regulation, but the Lightning hung on for the win. One injury note, Thomas Vanek left this game in the third period with an upper-body injury.
The Sabres are back at it Thursday when their Florida road swing continues against the Panthers.
16:01 - TB - Steven Stamkos (23) (Martin St. Louis)
1:50 - TB - Steven Stamkos (2 min., roughing)
1:50 - TB - Steven Stamkos (2 min., cross checking)
1:50 - BUF - Patrick Kaleta (2 min., unsportsmanlike conduct)
12:01 - TB - Cory Conacher (2 min., tripping)
20:00 - TB - Tyler Johnson (2 min., hooking)
8:15 - TB - Martin St. Louis (PPG) (8) (Teddy Purcell, Steven Stamkos)
7:13 - TB - Keith Aulie (5 min. major, fighting)
7:13 - BUF - Robyn Regehr (2 min., elbowing)
7:13 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (5 min. major, fighting)
7:42 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., boarding)
16:52 - BUF - Leopold (2) (Marcus Foligno, Brian Flynn)
4:28 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (2 min., hooking)
11:46 - TB - Victor Hedman (2 min., hooking)
14:05 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., tripping)
BUF - 0 of 5
TB - 1 of 5
1.) TB - Steven Stamkos (1 G, 1 A)
2.) TB - Martin St. Louis (1 G, 1 A)
3.) TB - Keith Aulie (0 G, 0 A)