BUFFALO, N.Y. – Alex Killorn had a goal and assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s offense showed no ill-effect from missing captain Steven Stamkos in cruising to a 4-1 over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
Nikita Kucherov, Nikita Nesterov and Brayden Point also scored, and Valtteri Filppula set up two goals with no-look passes in helping the Lightning win their third straight and improve to 6-2-1 in their past nine. The spread-out offensive contributions came in Tampa Bay’s first game since Stamkos tore a ligament in his right knee during a 4-3 win at Detroit on Tuesday.
Cody Franson scored for Buffalo, which dropped to 0-4-2 in its past six. It’s a stretch in which the team’s offense has dried up in managing just six goals.