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Bishop sets Lightning record with win vs. Sabres

by Corey Long /

TAMPA -- Alex Killorn scored a power-play goal with 3:57 left in the third period to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

The sequence began when Sabres goalie Chad Johnson made a save on a one-timer from Tyler Johnson and tried to cover the loose puck. Tyler Johnson controlled the rebound and passed it to Killorn, who shot into the open side of the net.

"[Tyler] made a great play to kind of just hit it to a side because it was such a scramble," Killorn said. "I had it, I knew the goalie was out of position, but I just wanted to wait out [defenseman Mike] Weber in front of the net just to make sure I scored."

Tampa Bay (4-2-0) shook off a sluggish first period to snap a two-game losing streak and give goalie Ben Bishop the Lightning record with his 84th win.

"We didn't have a great start, we've got to be tougher to play against in our rink, but you know what, we found a way to win," Killorn said. "I mean we're lucky that we have a great goaltender who keeps us in a lot of these games. They could go the other way completely if he doesn't make a lot of those saves. Good teams find a way to win, but we have to be better than that."

Buffalo (1-4-0) scored first when Sam Reinhart, who was recently promoted to the top line by coach Dan Bylsma, scored his first NHL goal at 2:52 of the first period. Tyler Ennis gained possession of the puck behind the net off a turnover and placed a drop pass in the slot to Reinhart, the No. 2 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft who was playing his 14th NHL game.

"It was awesome, to get it early in the game, playing with these guys helped the confidence a lot," Reinhart said. "Obviously you anticipate first game, first shift to score ... get it over with, but to see it go in is definitely exciting and a relief."

Buffalo had a 16-3 shots advantage in the first period.

"We came out the right way ... put pressure on them," Reinhart said. "I think we've got to find way to continue that for a full 60. We still had our chances in the last two periods and still played some pretty good hockey at times."

Tampa Bay tied the game 1-1 at 13:41 of the second period on Vladislav Namestnikov's second goal of the season. He took control of a loose puck near center ice and beat Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe on the partial breakaway to send a backhand past Chad Johnson.

"He's hanging in there," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Namestnikov. "He's been fighting, fighting, fighting to find a spot in the lineup. He's getting his chance this year and surely making the best of it. I thought he was one of our bright sports up front tonight and the ice time he got he earned, and he kept getting it. He scores obviously a huge goal for us to tie the game, and you've just got to give kids like that credit because he's never quit."

Bishop made 31 saves and broke a tie with Nikolai Khabibulin, who won 83 games for the Lightning from 2001-04. Johnson finished with 20 saves.

"Well, I think we [ended] up with some good opportunities and some good pucks at him," Bylsma said. "There were some loose pucks in and around him that we had opportunities at. I know their second goal was not much different than their first goal. We get the power-play opportunity and we have a great chance at the net from Tyler Ennis and second chance from [Reinhart] ... and we don't score. He made one more save than we did [Saturday]."

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