BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ryan O’Reilly scored a goal and added two assists in the Buffalo Sabres‘ 5-3 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
Backup Chad Johnson stopped 26 shots to pick up just his fourth win and first in nine home appearances this season. Sam Reinhart scored twice, including an empty-netter with 8 seconds left.
Scott Wilson, with the go-ahead goal, and Nicholas Baptiste also scored for the Sabres, who won for just the second time in their past eight home games (2-5-1).
Lightning rookie Yanni Gourde scored his 22nd goal of the season and extended his point streak to seven games. Ryan Callahan and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored. Louis Domingue stopped 28 shots while starting in place of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was rested after allowing four goals on 23 shots in a 4-3 loss at Toronto on Monday night.
The Lightning had won six straight at Buffalo since a 2-1 shootout loss on Dec. 2, 2014. And Tampa Bay had gone 15-2-1 in its past 18 games — home and away — against Buffalo.
The Sabres, who sit last in the East, have now beaten the conference’s two top teams in a span of four days following a 4-2 win at Boston on Saturday. And they did it without top scorer Jack Eichel, who will miss between four and six weeks after spraining his right ankle in the first period against the Bruins.
O’Reilly’s power-play goal stood up as the winner in putting the Sabres up 4-2 with 16:19 left. O’Reilly began the play by feeding Kyle Okposo in the slot. Okposo’s one-timer missed, but the puck hit off the boards and landed at O’Reilly’s feet as he circled the net and wrapped a shot inside the left post.
Callahan cut the Sabres’ lead to 4-3 eight minutes later by converting a rebound in front after Johnson stopped Mikhail Sergachev’s blast from the blue line.
Johnson was 0-5-1 and had allowed 29 goals in his previous eight home appearances this season. This is Johnson’s second stint in three seasons with the Sabres after playing for Calgary last year. His last win in Buffalo was a 25-save outing in a 4-1 victory over …read more
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