Pominville lifts Sabres past NHL-best Lightning in overtime

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jason Pominville scored on a power play at 1:26 of overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 victory over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

Pominville beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a one-timer from the left circle to give the Sabres their second straight victory over the Lightning.

Evan Rodrigues tied it for Buffalo in the third, and Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots.

Cory Conacher scored for Tampa Bay, and Vasilevskiy made 32 saves. With a point in the standings for the overtime loss, the Lightning became the first team to reach 90 points this season.

J.T. Miller, acquired from the New York Rangers on Monday, played 17:40 in his Lightning debut.

With NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov out with an undisclosed upper-body injury, the Lightning struggled to generate offensive chances and finished with 17 shots on goal while at even strength.

Tampa Bay opened the scoring with 1:57 left in the first period. The puck deflected off the stick of Conacher in front right in to Johnson, but Conacher quickly recovered the rebound and pulled the puck back to his forehand to find the vacated side of the net

Rodrigues tied it with 8:13 left in regulation. After Andrej Sustr fumbled the puck in the corner and lost it to Jason Pominville before he fed Rodrigues, who lifted the puck over Vasilevskiy.

NOTES: The U.S. women's Olympic champion hockey team was honored before the game. The team held residency camp in nearby Wesley Chapel. ... Buffalo RW Kyle Okposo missed the game to be with his wife while she gave birth to a daughter Tuesday. Okposo is expected to join the team in time for Friday's game at Florida. ... The Sabres called up C Seth Griffin from Rochester of the American Hockey League. ... Tampa Bay recalled RW Michael Bournival from Syracuse of the AHL.


Lightning: At Dallas on Thursday night

Sabres: At Florida on Friday night.


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