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March 6, 2014

New-look Sabres grease the Lightning

Sabres are winners of four of their last five games.

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. —

Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves to spoil the return of Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1 on Thursday night.

Stamkos had been sidelined since breaking his right shin Nov. 11 at Boston, causing him to miss 45 games. The center received a partial standing ovation during pregame introductions, when it was announced that he is the new team captain.

Right wing Ryan Callahan, acquired Wednesday from the New York Rangers for former Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis, made his Lightning debut.

Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson scored for the Sabres. Enroth stopped a combined seven shots by Stamkos (three) and Callahan (four) through two periods.

Tyler Johnson ended Enroth's shutout bid with a short-handed goal at 17:31 of the third.

Myers put Buffalo up 1-0 when he beat Anders Lindback from the right circle 15:56 into the game. Lindback had been out since hurting his ankle on Jan. 30.

Foligno made it 2-0 with his first goal in 11 games at 9:25 of the second.

Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat hit the post during a power play with 8 minutes left in the second. Five minutes later, Teddy Purcell missed the net with a shot during a 2-on-1 off a pass from Stamkos, who then had his in-close shot go over the net in the final minute of the period.

It was just the eighth time this season that Buffalo has taken a lead into the third period.

The Sabres went up 3-0 on Hodgson's goal with 6:16 to go in the third.

The Lightning went 22-18-5 while Stamkos was out. Center Torrey Mitchell, obtained in a trade Wednesday with Minnesota, played his first game with the Sabres. Michal Neuvirth, acquired from Washington, was Buffalo's backup goalie.

The Sabres announced that goalie Dominik Hasek will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony on March 29.

 

Kings 3, Jets 1 

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Mike Richards scored the winner on a Winnipeg Jets' giveaway to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 win Thursday night.

The victory ran the Kings' winning streak to six games.

Dustin Brown scored Los Angeles' first goal and Alec Martinez added a third-period power-play goal. Goalie Jonathan Quick made 17 saves for the Kings.

Olli Jokinen had his 15th goal of the season for Winnipeg and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 38 shots.

 

Bruins 3, Caps 0

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask got the first win of his career against Washington, Gregory Campbell and Loui Eriksson scored second-period goals and the Boston Bruins beat the Capitals 3-0 on Thursday night.

Rask's sixth shutout of the season and 22nd of his career came just five days after the Capitals beat him 4-2, also in Boston. But since then Washington is 0-3 and Boston is 3-0.

Rask was 0-3-3 against the Capitals, but was rarely challenged on Thursday when his teammates' tight checking limited Washington's opportunities. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby suffered his first loss against the Bruins after winning the first four matchups of his career.

Boston finished the scoring on Brad Marchand's empty-net goal with 1:34 left.