BUFFALO, N.Y. – Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov scored in the first period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Buffalo 4-1 on Thursday night for their seventh straight win over the Sabres.
Tampa Bay’s early barrage chased goaltender Linus Ullmark, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves for the Lightning. Victor Hedman added an empty-net goal.
The Lightning had lost five of their previous six games, and this was their first multi-goal victory since Oct. 12. Tampa Bay is 3-0 against Buffalo this season.
Rookie star Jack Eichel scored his fifth goal of the season for Buffalo.
Stamkos scored 5:55 into the game, with Johnson netting one shortly after the midpoint of the first and Kucherov scoring with 1:40 remaining.
Chad Johnson replaced Ullmark and stopped all 10 shots he faced.