|BUF||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||4|
|TBL||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
Miller made 30 saves, and Henrik Tallinder had a goal and an assist to lead the Sabres to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.
Miller also stopped Martin St. Louis on a first-period breakaway. The Sabres, who had a seven-game winning streak halted in a 4-1 loss at Florida on Thursday, improved to 16-2-1 in their last 19 games.
Buffalo hasn't lost consecutive games since a four-game skid Nov. 2-9.
``That's something we take pride in,'' Miller said. ``It's just implied now. I don't even think we have to mention it. We wanted to come back and just play hard.''
Tallinder had his first multipoint game since Jan. 24, 2003, against Toronto.
``It's always hard to come here and play,'' Tallinder said. ``Tampa has a great team, and to get two points here you've really got to be satisfied with that.''
``Tonight, I thought we got our legs back underneath us,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. ``We really skated. Our defense joined in on several of our goals and I thought that made the difference in the game.''
Vinny Prospal scored for the Lightning, who have lost four straight and five of six. Tampa Bay trails the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes by nine points.
``I think there were things within our team tonight amongst ourselves where it was boiling points and frustration with one another,'' Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. ``I think it's very important right now, when it gets to that level, that we've just got to stay together. There are some tough times in a long season. This is the time we need to stay together and just get through it.''
Tampa Bay played without center Vincent Lecavalier, who was given a one-game suspension for a high-sticking incident Thursday against the New York Rangers. Lecavalier has 14 goals and 35 points in 35 games this season.
The Lightning went 0-for-7 on the power play. Goalie John Grahame, who stopped 27 shots, has lost four straight following a team record nine-game winning streak.
``We have to rally together,'' Tampa Bay captain Dave Andreychuk said. ``We can't feel sorry for ourselves because of the situation we're in. There's no finger pointing. It's all of us together.''
Prospal gave the Lightning the early lead, scoring 2:17 in. Buffalo tied it on Vanek's power-play goal at 6:15.
Drury scored from close range to put Buffalo ahead at 6:41 of the second. Jochen Hecht set up the goal, passing through the slot.
Tallinder made it 3-1 with 9:56 left in the second with his first goal in 15 games.
``We're just fragile right now,'' Tampa Bay center Brad Richards said. ``Wish I could explain why.''
Kotalik scored an empty-net goal with 2 1/2 minutes left.
``This is a fun team,'' Miller said. ``When we work hard and we play as a team, we get a lot of great opportunities to win. We've been cashing in on them.''
Notes: Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina missed his second straight game with a groin strain. ... The Sabres were without C Daniel Briere (abdominal) and D Dmitri Kalinin (broken finger). ... Buffalo rookie LW Daniel Paille assisted on Tallinder's goal for his first NHL point, coming in his second game. ... Richards had his eight-game point streak end. He had two goals and 11 points during the stretch.
|Vinny Prospal Wrist shot - ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko , Nolan Pratt|
1 - 0 TBL
|PPG - Thomas Vanek Slapshot - ASST: Derek Roy , Henrik Tallinder|
1 - 1 Tie
|Chris Drury Backhand shot - ASST: Jochen Hecht , Teppo Numminen|
2 - 1 BUF
|Henrik Tallinder Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Gaustad , Daniel Paille|
3 - 1 BUF
|EN - Ales Kotalik Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Gaustad , Tim Connolly|
4 - 1 BUF
|Evgeny Artyukhin Hooking|
|Toni Lydman Hooking|
|Teppo Numminen Hooking|
|Michael Grier Boarding|
|Paul Ranger Holding|
|Darryl Sydor Interference|
|Freddy Modin Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Jason Pominville Hi-sticking|
|Cory Sarich Interference|
|Teppo Numminen Tripping|
|Henrik Tallinder Interference|
|Adam Mair Boarding|