Stamkos lifts Lightning past Sabres 6-5 in OT

Nov 28, 2022, 5:29 AM | Updated: 8:59 pm
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) scores the winning goal during overtime of an NHL ho...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) scores the winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

(AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

              Buffalo Sabres right wing JJ Peterka (77) and right wing Jack Quinn (22) celebrate after a goal by Quinn during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (1) blocks a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (1) blocks a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Buffalo Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner (53) and right wing Alex Tuch (89) celebrate after Skinner scored a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) and center Dylan Cozens, right, celebrate after Cozens scored a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning players fight during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Brandon Hagel celebrates his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game. against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Brandon Hagel (38) scores a goal around Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (1) on a deflection during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul, left, center Steven Stamkos (91) and defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrate after Stamkos scored the winning goal in overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and left wing Nicholas Paul (20) celebrate after Stamkos scored a game-winning overtime goal against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
            
              Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) scores the winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the game 2:44 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

Brayden Point also had two goals, Brandon Hagel had a goal and an assist, and Corey Perry also scored for the Lightning, who rallied from two goals down in the third period to force overtime. Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev each had three assists, and Stamkos added one for a three-point night.

Brian Elliott had 32 saves to get the win.

“We got the breaks at the end to pull us back, some big-time players got us back into it,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.

Tage Thompson had a goal and an assist, and Tyson Jost, Jeff Skinner, Jack Quinn and Dylan Cozens also scored for Buffalo. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 19 saves.

“You allow good players a little bit of extra time and a little bit of extra space, they’re going to make plays on you,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “We had hesitation in our game and it was only the last 10 minutes.”

In the extra period, Stamkos got the winner on a blast from the right circle for his 12th of the season.

“There’s going to be games where we don’t deserve the two points and tonight was probably one of those, but we’ve been on the other side of that too,” Stamkos said.

With the score tied at 3-3 to open the third period, the Sabres appeared to take control in the third with two goals for a 5-3 lead with a little more than 5 1/2 minutes remaining.

Cozens put Buffalo ahead at 9:37, ripping a shot from the right circle under the crossbar and beating Elliott on the glove side. Skinner made it 5-3 with 5:41 remaining, finishing from a tight angle after an odd-man rush was initially stopped.

However, the Lightning answered back with two goals 3 1/2 minutes apart.

Stamkos scored just 16 seconds after Skinner’s goal to get the Lightning within one. Hagel tied it with a power-play goal with 2:02 remaining. With Elliott pulled to create a 6-on-4 advantage, Kucherov’s shot from the right circle was deflected by Hagel past Luukkonen.

Point opened the scoring 7:54 into the game with a power-play goal from close range for his ninth.

Perry made it 2-0 with 3:12 left in the first off a cross-ice pass from Stamkos.

Thompson put Buffalo on the board with 2:06 left in the first, beating Elliott with some nifty stick-handling after forcing a turnover in front of the Tampa net.

Quinn evened it 59 seconds later, finishing a nice feed from JJ Peterka on a quick offensive rush.

Jost gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead midway through the second period, scoring his first goal with the Sabres after he was acquired off waivers from Minnesota on Nov. 19.

Point tied it 3-3 on the power play with 3:34 left in the second after getting a pass from Kucherov.

INJURY RETURNS

Each team had one player return from a recent injury. Sabres center Rasmus Asplund returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury. Tampa Bay forward Cole Koepke returned after missing three games with an upper-body injury.

UP NEXT

Lightning: At Boston on Tuesday night.

Sabres: At Detroit on Wednesday night.

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