TAMPA, Fla. - Steve Eminger and Steve Downie scored 34 seconds apart early in the first period, leading the Tampa Bay 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. Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, who combined for 14 goals and 22 assists over the previous 12 games, did not have a point. Derek Roy scored twice, and Ales Kotalik added a goal for Buffalo. The Sabres lost for the third time in their last 10 games.
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.
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.
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. ... Chicago Blackhawks senior adviser Scotty Bowman was at the game.