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Tampa Bay
Lightning
24-40-18

34 SOG
26 SOG
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game recap

Lightning 5, Sabres 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 5, Sabres 3
Buffalo Sabres 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis kept off the scoresheet? No problem for the resurgent Tampa Bay Lightning.

Steve Eminger and Steve Downie scored 34 seconds apart early in the first period, leading the Lightning to a 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

Lukas Krajicek, Jeff Halpern and Cory Murphy also scored in Tampa Bay's fifth victory in seven games. Lecavalier and St. Louis, who combined for 14 goals and 22 assists over the previous 12 games, did not have a point.

"It's nice to get other guys scoring," Tampa Bay interim coach Rick Tocchet said. "Eighty-two game schedule, you've got to have that if you're going to win."

Lecavalier and St. Louis did have six combined shots.

"Vinny and Marty carry this team all year," Halpern said. "Even if they don't get points or score, I thought those guys tilted the ice for us at times when the other team was pushing. I think the way our team is playing these last few weeks, we're getting goals as a team."

Derek Roy scored twice, and Ales Kotalik added a goal for Buffalo. The Sabres lost for the third time in their last 10 games.

"They had their chances and they put them in the back of the net," Roy said.

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who entered 7-1 with a 1.94 goals-against-average in January, gave up five goals on the first 21 shots he faced.

Buffalo defenseman Henrik Tallinder left the game with what could a major shoulder injury.

"Henrik's not good," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We'll probably get him back to Buffalo and that will be looked at, but he's going to be out for a good period of time probably."

Eminger scored a power-play goal 4:45 into the game, and Downie put Tampa Bay up 2-0 at 5:19.

Both teams scored three goals and combined for 34 shots in the wild second period.

Roy got the Sabres to 2-1 on a rebound goal 19 seconds into the second.

Krajicek snapped a personal 64-game goal drought - dating to Nov. 29, 2007 - on a flukey goal at 1:23 of the second that made it 3-1. The rebound of his shot went off Buffalo's Thomas Vanek and into the net.

After Kotalik scored with the man advantage at 4:04, Halpern gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 advantage during a 2-on-1 with 6:08 left in the second.

"I don't know if we deserved to win tonight," Kotalik said.

The teams traded late second-period power-play goals. Roy got his second goal of the game at 16:55, and Murphy scored his first goal in 31 games with 5.8 seconds remaining.

Notes: Tampa Bay RW Mark Recchi played in his 1,457th game, tying him with Glen Wesley for 16th place on the career NHL list. Recchi's two assists Wednesday gave him 1,412 points, two short of tying Doug Gilmour for 16th place. ... Tampa Bay recalled D Ty Wishart on an emergency basis from Norfolk of the AHL. He picked his first career point with an assist on Halpern's goal. ... The Lightning reassigned D Kevin Quick to Norfolk.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:45
TBL
PPG - Steve Eminger (4) ASST: Jeff Halpern (5)
1 - 0 TBL
05:19
TBL
Steve Downie (2) ASST: Cory Murphy (3), Matt Pettinger (4)
2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
00:19
BUF
Derek Roy (17) ASST: Jason Pominville (24), Toni Lydman (12)
2 - 1 TBL
01:23
TBL
Lukas Krajicek (1) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (13), Vinny Prospal (19)
3 - 1 TBL
04:04
BUF
PPG - Ales Kotalik (10) ASST: Craig Rivet (7), Paul Gaustad (7)
3 - 2 TBL
13:52
TBL
Jeff Halpern (3) ASST: Mark Recchi (20), Ty Wishart (1)
4 - 2 TBL
16:55
BUF
PPG - Derek Roy (18) ASST: Thomas Vanek (15), Jason Pominville (25)
4 - 3 TBL
19:54
TBL
PPG - Cory Murphy (1) ASST: Mark Recchi (21)
5 - 3 TBL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:53
BUF
Daniel Paille  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
19:44
BUF
Adam Mair  Elbowing against  Cory Murphy
19:53
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Tripping against  Derek Roy
2nd Period
02:30
TBL
Jeff Halpern  Hi-sticking against  Nathan Paetsch
06:52
TBL
David Koci  Roughing against  Daniel Paille
09:12
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Roughing against  David Koci
09:12
TBL
David Koci  Roughing against  Paul Gaustad
15:25
TBL
David Koci  Interference against  Derek Roy
18:54
BUF
Chris Butler  Tripping against  Ryan Malone
19:22
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Tripping against  Vincent Lecavalier
3rd Period
06:16
TBL
Lukas Krajicek  Interference against  Drew Stafford
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
SA: 26TOI: 58:24
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .808SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
13-16-9
SA: 34TOI: 59:59
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .912SH: 1 - 1