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Enroth spoils Stamkos' return from broken right shin, Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 10:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Enroth spoils Stamkos' return from broken right shin, Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1

TAMPA, Fla. - Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves to spoil the return of Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1 on Thursday night.

Stamkos had been sidelined since breaking his right shin Nov. 11 at Boston, causing him to miss 45 games. The centre received a partial standing ovation during pregame introductions, when it was announced that he is the new team captain.

Right wing Ryan Callahan, acquired Wednesday from the New York Rangers for former Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis, made his Lightning debut.

Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson scored for the Sabres. Enroth stopped a combined seven shots by Stamkos (three) and Callahan (four) through two periods.

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