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Derek Roy scores tiebreaking goal in Sabres' win 4-3 over Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. - Derek Roy scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and Drew Stafford had a goal and two assists to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Saturday night.

The Sabres took a 4-3 lead on Roy's goal from the right circle with 9:57 remaining.

Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht also scored for the Buffalo, which won for only the third time in 11 games. The Sabres have won seven in a row at Tampa Bay. Ryan Miller improved to 12-1 against the Lightning.

Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger and Vinny Prospal had the Lightning goals. Tampa Bay has lost seven consecutive games and 14 of 16.

Stafford put the Sabres up 1-0 with a rebound goal at 10:02 of the first.

Vincent Lecavalier, who hit the post with a shot early in the period, set up St. Louis' goal that tied it at one. He sent a pass through the slot to the low left circle with 6:55 left in the first.

Lecavalier had two assists and a second-period fight with Hecht. The Tampa Bay captain has eight assists and 12 points in his last 10 games.

After Vanek scored his 19th goal at 9:46 of the second, Tampa Bay pulled even at 2 just 35 seconds later on Ranger's first goal in 17 games. Ranger has scored his two goals this season against the Sabres.

The teams had another quick goal sequence later in the second when Hecht scored at 14:41, and Prospal tied it 3-3 only 39 seconds later.

Notes: Tampa Bay LW Ryan Malone sat out with an undisclosed upper body injury. ... Buffalo D Craig Rivet returned after missing two games with an upper body injury. ... The Sabres recalled C Nathan Gerbe from Portland and returned RW Mark Mancari to the AHL team.

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