Myers scores go-ahead goal in 2-1 win over Lightning
The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. —
Tyler Myers scored a go-ahead goal early in third period, helping Ron Rolston win for the first time as the Buffalo’s interim coach in the Sabres’ 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
Myers made it 2-1 from the top of the left circle 52 second into the third after a Tampa Bay turnover. Rolston replaced long-time Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff on Feb. 20.
Ryan Miller made 30 saves and improved to 19-7-0 against the Lightning. The Sabres also got a goal from Cody Hodgson, while Thomas Vanek had two assists.
Miller made several quality saves during three short-handed situations, including a 5-on-3, during the second. He also had a point-blank stop on Steven Stamkos in the third.
Stamkos extended his goal-scoring streak to six games with his 14th.
Stamkos put the Lightning up 1-0 at 1:24 of the first on a rebound goal from the slot after Miller made a save on Teddy Purcell’s shot.
Hodgson tied it at 1 with 9:58 left in first from behind the net when his pass toward the slot deflected off a Tampa Bay defender and past goalie Mathieu Garon.
Buffalo had lost in four in a row, including two under Rolston.
Lightning defenseman Sami Salo left in the second with an undisclosed lower-body injury.
Vanek has 12 assists and 35 points in 29 games against Tampa Bay. Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold missed his third consecutive game because of an undisclosed upper-body injury.