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Tampa Bay 5, Buffalo 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 12, 2019
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Referees: Pierre Lambert, Dean Morton
Linesmen: Ryan Daisy, Greg Devorski
Attendance: 19070

Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to propel the Lightning to a 5-3 win over the host Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Stamkos zipped in his 24th goal at 14:44 after taking a drop-pass from Nikita Kucherov and send Tampa Bay to its second lead after trailing 3-2 in the period.

Ryan Callahan, who returned after a two-game absence, added a power-play goal with 1:19 left to put the game away.

Kucherov had a goal and two assists, Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat also scored, and Victor Hedman had a pair of helpers for the Lightning, who are 12-2-0 against the Atlantic Division. Stamkos also added a helper.

Tampa Bay opened its three-game road trip by raising its record to 18-1-1 in its last 20 games.

Sam Reinhart, Tage Thompson and Marco Scandella had goals for the Sabres, who are 2-5-1 in their last eight and fell to 5-2-2 in the second games of back-to-backs.

Tampa Bay's Louis Domingue stopped 30 shots while Linus Ullmark made 25 saves.

Point collected a rebound off Kucherov's shot then buried his team-leading 29th goal 26 seconds into the clubs' third meeting -- his seventh point in just over two games.

Reinhart moved back to the top line after playing on the second line in Friday's 4-3 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes, and the right wing connected to tie it 1-1 at 5:47, giving him five goals in the last six games against Tampa Bay.

Thompson finished a pass from Zemgus Girgensons to complete a 2-on-1 rush with only 10 seconds left, and the Sabres went to the dressing room with a 2-1 lead.

The assist by Rasmus Dahlin on Reinhart's score made Dahlin, last June's No. 1 overall draft pick, the seventh defenseman to record 20 helpers before his 19th birthday.

Palat potted the second period's only marker when he flipped in a backhander from the slot at 7:50 to notch his sixth goal. Palat has 17 points in 21 career games against the Sabres.

Scandella joined the rush on a quick transition through the neutral zone, took a slick pass from Jason Pominville and slid in his third goal at 5:54 of the third period, but Kucherov tied it with his 22nd tally 23 seconds later.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Tampa Bay   Buffalo
Nikita Kucherov 3 Points Sam Reinhart 1
Nikita Kucherov 1 Goals Sam Reinhart 1
Nikita Kucherov 2 Assists Rasmus Dahlin 1
Ryan Callahan 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Louis Domingue .909 Save Percentage Linus Ullmark .833
Louis Domingue 30 Saves Linus Ullmark 25
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 30 5 1-2 4-4 10 30
Buffalo 33 3 0-4 1-2 6 32
Upcoming Games
  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against Edmonton. The Sabres have a W/L % of .542 after a win and .476 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against NY Islanders. The Lightning have a W/L % of .743 after a win and .900 after a loss.