Bolts Down Sabres, 3-1, Behind St. Louis And Stamkos

Next up for the Bolts: A visit from the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night.

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Lightning 3, Sabres 1

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Martin St. Louis notched a goal and two assists, and Steve Stamkos chipped in with a goal and a helper to send Tampa Bay past Buffalo, 3-1, at St. Pete Times Forum.

Simon Gagne added the other goal, while Mike Smith turned aside 22 shots, as the Lightning beat the Sabres for just a second time in their last 11 home dates with them.

Jason Pominville potted the only goal for the Sabres, who have dropped two in a row and three out of their last four. Ryan Miller made 34 stops in defeat.

“I told them after the game that I was real proud of them,” Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said. “Those tight games, those are the ones we want. The blowouts, you don’t learn much from. By the end, if you want to win a championship, these are the kind of games you have to go get and we did that.”

After a scoreless first period, Tampa Bay struck twice in the middle session.

Gagne’s backhander at 12:16 opened the scoring before Stamkos came roaring down the slot and one-timed a shot past Miller to make it 2-0 Tampa Bay with 1:50 remaining in the period.

Buffalo countered 52 seconds later when Jochen Hecht fought off a check along the boards and sent a cross-ice pass to a streaking Pominville, who one-timed it past Smith.

Miller denied Vincent Lecavalier on a penalty shot with 5:45 to go in the game to keep the Sabres within one.

St. Louis fought off a check and scored into an empty net with two seconds to play to seal the win for the Bolts, who have earned a point in six straight home games.

Game Notes

Tampa Bay’s only other home win over Buffalo since the lockout came on January 21, 2009…The Lightning have earned 40 points to forge their best start after 32 games in franchise history…The previous mark was 39, established during the 2005-06 campaign…Stamkos has recorded a point in 24 of 32 games, while St. Louis has a point in 23 of 32…Smith is 3-3-1 in eight matches against the Sabres, while Miller is 16-4-0 in 20 games against the Lightning…Pominville has 13 goals and 29 points in 21 career games versus Tampa Bay.

12/19 01:49:21 ET

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Lightning 2, Thrashers 1 (SO)

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Victor Hedman scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at St. Pete Times Forum.

After the first three rounds went scoreless, Hedman skated in and snapped a wrister into the left side past Ondrej Pavelec. Evander Kane then tried to sneak a shot between the pads of Mike Smith, but the goaltender came up with the save for the win.

Sean Bergenheim had the lone goal in regulation while Smith stopped 27 shots for the Lightning, who have won two straight.

Rich Peverley scored and Pavelec made 30 saves for the Thrashers, who had won four of five coming in.

Tampa and Atlanta are both at 38 points, two behind Washington for top spot in the Southeastern Division.

Skating shorthanded, Atlanta took a 1-0 lead with 6:04 left in the first. Peverley skated the puck all the way down the right wing and snapped a shot off the post and under the crossbar for his eighth goal of the year.

The Lightning tied the game shortly after an Atlanta power play expired. The puck was cleared down to the Atlanta end and Pavelec tried to play the puck off the backboard. However, he was unable to reach it and Bergenheim was able to grab the puck and slide it past Pavelec before he got back into position with 5:42 left in the second.

There wasn’t much offense in the third period and overtime as Atlanta managed just eight shots during that time and Tampa had five, all of which the goaltenders stopped.

Game Notes

Atlanta hosts Carolina on Thursday…The Lightning host Buffalo on Saturday…The Lightning have won all three games this season and eight straight against Atlanta….Atlanta was 0-for-5 on the power play while Tampa Bay was 0-for-2…Lightning forward Steven Stamkos came into the game having at least a point in 11 straight games against Atlanta, but didn’t record one in this game.

12/15 22:57:19 ET

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