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.
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.