Jason Pominville has hat trick for Sabres

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Pominville scored three goals and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Thursday night to move within four points of New Jersey for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Pominville scored twice in the first period and Tyler Myers added a goal to help Buffalo take a 3-0 lead. Pominville scored his final goal late in the third period.

Derek Roy had a short-handed goal and an assist, Thomas Vanek also scored, and Ryan Miller made 23 saves for Buffalo.

Steve Downie and Vincent Lecavalier had third-period goals for Tampa Bay. Steven Stamkos had two assists, giving him a 40 goal-40 assist season.