Posted March 26, 2013 on AP on Fox
Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Tuesday. With new head coach Jon Cooper watching from an executive suite, the Lightning put together one of their most complete defensive efforts this season. Cooper is set to coach his first game on Friday against the New Jersey Devils. Buffalo, which came into the game riding a three-game winning streak, was held to just 14 shots. Stamkos scored his league-leading 23rd goal of the season off a deflection past Ryan Miller at 16:01 of the first period. St. Louis extended the lead to 2-0 at 8:15 of the second period with a power-play goal off a sharp pass from Teddy Purcell. The Lightning ended a three-game losing streak while Buffalo failed to make up ground in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jordan Leopold scored for Buffalo at 16:52 of the third period. Ryan Miller had 21 saves for the Sabres. NOTES: Lightning gene...
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