Lightning beat Sabres 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: October 26, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning ended a successful homestand with a late comeback victory.

Ondrej Palat and Martin St. Louis scored third-period goals to help the Lightning rally for a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

After St. Louis pulled the Lightning even at 14:09, Palat made it 3-2 from the low slot 1:46 later.

Tyler Johnson had the other Tampa Bay goal as the Lightning (7-3) completed a seven-game homestand with a 5-2 record.

"It's awesome," Palat said.

Among the wins during Tampa Bay's season-long home stretch was a victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

"Are we a good team? I don't know," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "I'd say we're a resilient team. Right now, we're finding ways to win the close ones. And regardless of who they're playing, they're not getting rattled. It's just not happening to this team."

The Lightning overcame a strong performance by Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, who stopped 36 shots.

"It's all about finding ways and we did that tonight," St. Louis said.

Brian Flynn and Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo (2-10-1), which was coming off a 3-1 win at Florida on Friday night in which the Sabres were outshot 45-21.

"It's disappointing," Vanek said. "We battled hard and walked away with nothing. It doesn't take many mistakes with those guys to bury one."

Buffalo took a 2-1 lead when Vanek scored from the low left circle after taking a nifty pass from Marcus Foligno 12:46 into the third. Vanek has 24 goals and 39 points in 33 games against Tampa Bay.

Flynn tied it at 1-all with 7:02 left in the second when he scored off a pass through the crease by Cody McCormick.