TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Buffalo also got goals from Cody Franson, Marcus Foligno and Rasmus Ristolainen. The Sabres captured the final game of the season series after they were outscored 10-3 in three earlier losses to Tampa Bay.
Sabres goalie Chad Johnson made a full-out diving save across the crease to take a goal away from Nikita Kucherov in the second.
Steven Stamkos scored his eighth goal this season for the Lightning, who have lost seven of nine (2-6-1). The defending Eastern Conference champions, the NHL’s top-scoring team last season, have 12 goals over the last nine games.
Eichel opened the scoring 5:57 into the first by beating Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had lost his stick, from the left circle during a power play. It was his first NHL road goal and sixth overall.
After Stamkos got a power-play goal 52 seconds into the second, Franson made it 2-1 at 1:40 with his first goal in 18 games off a pass from Eichel.
Vasilevskiy lost his stick twice during the second, but the Sabres were unable to capitalize.
Foligno stopped a 17-game goal drought at 5:24 of the third when his soft wrist shot from the top of the left circle eluded Vasilevskiy.
Ristolainen added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Buffalo is 28-15-3 at Tampa Bay for its best road record against any opponent.