BUFFALO, N.Y. - Rookie Steven Stamkos scores his first two NHL goals and added an assist, and Olaf Kolzig made 29 saves in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
Jussi Jokinen, Ryan Malone and Paul Ranger also scored for the Lightning, who have won for the third time in their past four games after starting the season with five losses.
Tampa Bay also snapped a five-game losing streak against Buffalo.
Clarke MacArthur and Thomas Vanek scored for the slumping Sabres, who have dropped three straight, including one in a shootout. Buffalo began the season with eight consecutive games without a regulation loss.
Ryan Miller lost for the first time this season in regulation, allowing five goals on 40 shots. He also lost for only the second time in 13 career games against the Lightning.
Tampa Bay came in having scored the fewest goals in the league, but jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period.
Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, opened the scoring 10 minutes in when he deflected Vincent Lecavalier's slapshot from the top of the right circle.
The 18-year-old had to wait until the period was over to officially get credited for his first career tally after the goal was originally given to Lecavalier.
Jokinen made it 2-0 just 39 seconds before MacArthur closed the gap with his fifth of the season at 11:12. Malone then increased Tampa Bay's lead 26 seconds later.
Ranger made it 4-1 with less than seven minutes to go in the second before Stamkos scored his second of the game just under two minutes later. After accepting a pass from Adam Hall, Stamkos sent a slapshot from the top of the right circle that eluded Miller.
Vanek's ninth of the season made it 5-2 with just 20 seconds left in the second period, deflecting a slapshot from the middle of the blue-line by Andrej Sekera.
Notes: Lecavalier had a pair of assists to extend his point streak to 12 games against the Sabres. ... Tampa Bay is in the midst of playing seven of eight on the road. ... Sabres D Henrik Tallinder returned after missing one game because of a laceration above his ankle, while C Paul Gaustad played in his first game of the season after having thumb surgery. ... Kolzig, making just his third start of the season, improved to 3-4 in his past eight games against Buffalo. ... The Sabres have allowed 10 goals in their past two games, both losses.