Apparently all that ailed the Buffalo Sabres was a trip to the “Sunshine State.”
Buffalo spotted Tampa an early goal before answering with tallies by Cody Hodsgon and Tyler Myers to defeat the Lightning on the road, 2-1 Tuesday evening.
Hodgson added an assist while Thomas Vanek added a pair of helpers.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak and was Buffalo’s first victory since beating Boston at home on February 15. They’ve now won four of their last 13 games.
Ryan Miller made 30 saves in net.
Tampa got on the board just 1:24 into the first period when Steven Stamkos showed why he’s the leading point getter in the NHL, depositing his 14th goal of the year past Ryan Miller to give the Lightning a quick lead.
Canisius college product Cory Conacher notched an assist on Stamkos’ goal for his NHL rookie leading 17th point.
Cody Hodgson got Buffalo’s first goal, his eight of the season at 10:02 of the first on a gift when he put the puck in front of the net and it went off Sami Solo and into the net to tie the game at 1-1.
Buffalo killed off all five penalties they took through the first 40 minutes, including a two-man Tampa advantage in the second period. They finished the game killing all six of their penalties.
Following a scoreless second period, Myers atoned for numerous earlier mistakes by blasting a shot past Mathieu Garon at 52 seconds of the third for the game-winner.
From there the Sabres played a smart game on the road with the lead, as Tampa was afforded few quality scoring chances. When they got them, Miller shut the door. It was perhaps Buffalo’s best all-around defensive effort of the season.
Buffalo ties to keep things going when they face the Florida Panthers Thursday.