Killorn scores twice, Lightning come back to beat Sabres 6-4

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Alex Killorn and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied late, extending their longest winning streak of the season into the new year.

Killorn had two goals and an assist to lead the Lightning back from a three-goal deficit for their fourth straight victory, 6-4 against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

''Good teams find a way to win,'' Killorn said. ''We didn't have the start we wanted. But we did find a way to win. And that's what's important.''

Tyler Johnson added a goal and two assists, Ondrej Palat and Anthony Cirelli each added a goal and an assist, Kevin Shattenkirk also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 shots as the Lightning opened a four-game trip with their 12th consecutive win against an Atlantic Division opponent.

''We are chasing for a playoff spot and every point against those teams are important,'' Palat said. ''So we are happy we came out with two points.''

Conor Sheary had a goal and two assists, and Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist for Buffalo. The Sabres also got goals from Jack Eichel and Jimmy Vesey in losing their fourth in a row. Linus Ullmark made 16 saves.

''It's just not going our way,'' said Johansson, who received a hooking penalty that put the Lightning on a power play prior to Killorn's first goal.

''We do everything we can to get wins,'' Johansson added. ''When they slip away, it's frustrating, and it's tough. We've just got to learn from it and put it behind us, and get back to how we started the game. Keep building off that.''

Killorn's second goal of the game and 15th of the season gave the Lightning their first lead 8:08 into the third period. Pat Maroon set up the go-ahead goal with a pass from behind the net. Killorn beat Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to receive the puck in the high slot and sent a wrist shot past Ullmark.

Shattenkirk got the tying goal less than two minutes earlier on a straightaway wrist shot that bounced off Johansson's skate and over Ullmark's glove.

Killorn recorded his third point when he assisted on Cirelli's empty-net goal in the closing seconds.

The Lightning scored twice in a span of 2:58 to get within a goal late in the second period.

Killorn knocked in the rebound from Point's shot that bounced off the right post on a power play. Then with about three minutes left in the period, Johnson received a long pass from Palat at the blue line and scored on a partial breakaway.

Mikhail Sergachev sparked the Lightning's comeback when he fought with Buffalo's Jake McCabe midway through the second period.

''Emotionally, we weren't really in the game for some reason,'' Killorn said. ''Looking at the Sergachev fight, event though they scored right after, it kind of galvanized the group.''

The Sabres appeared to gain momentum from the fight and take control of the game when Eichel made an outstanding individual effort to score his first career short-handed goal and give Buffalo a 4-1 lead.

The NHL's third-leading scorer blocked a shot from Shattenkirk before skating up the right wing and faking a shot from the circle to maneuver around Shattenkirk. Eichel moved the puck to his backhand and swept it past a sliding Vasilevskiy on the other side of the crease for his 25th of the season.

The goal came with 38 seconds remaining on a Lightning power play that followed McCabe receiving a penalty for instigating the fight with Sergachev in response to a hit on Eichel.

Sergachev also blocked two shots late in the third period that Killorn called ''potentially game-savers.''

This was the Sabres' first loss of the season when leading after two periods. They were 14-0-0 in such situations entering Tuesday.

''It's not acceptable, obviously,'' Eichel said. ''A 4-1 lead and we lose the game.''

Sheary gave Buffalo the lead in the final minute of the first period. Curtis Lazar set up Sheaty for the one-timer from the right slot.

Johansson made it 2-0 when he beat Vasilevskiy with a long wrist shot from the right wall in the early stages of the second period. Buffalo regained its two-goal lead later in the second when Johansson made a slick backhand pass to set up Vesey in front of the net, after Johnson fed Palat in the high slot for Tampa Bay's first goal on a power play seven minutes into the period.

NOTES: The Lightning swept the four-game season series with the Sabres for the second time in four seasons. . Killorn played in his 553rd NHL game, passing Brad Richards for sixth-most in Lightning history. . Sabres F Dalton Smith made his NHL debut after being called up from the minors and signing a one-year contract on Monday. . Buffalo scratched F Evan Rodrigues to make room for Dalton in the lineup. Prior to Tuesday's game, TSN's Darren Dreger reported that Rodrigues has requested a trade. . Sabres D Marco Scandella returned after missing two games due to an illness. . Johnson's 16 assists against the Sabres are the most he has against any NHL team. . The Lightning played their fifth of eight straight against Eastern Conference and fourth of six in a row against Atlantic Division foes.

UP NEXT

Lightning: At Montreal on Thursday.

Sabres: Host Edmonton on Thursday.

Sabres: Host Edmonton on Thursday.

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123T
TB21-13-4
0336
BUF17-17-7
1304
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00030/0018:254
A. Cirelli C11226/5018:421
Y. Gourde RW00-100/0013:341
V. Hedman D00100/0025:231
T. Johnson LW12014/1212:170
A. Killorn LW21240/0020:161
N. Kucherov RW01030/0219:251
P. Maroon LW01-110/0011:092
R. McDonagh D01100/0023:240
O. Palat LW11130/0013:321
C. Paquette C01113/7012:402
B. Point C01-122/1018:440
L. Schenn D00-100/0211:512
M. Sergachev D01010/0716:592
K. Shattenkirk D10-110/0017:240
S. Stamkos C01-146/9220:530
M. Stephens C00-112/5007:421
C. Verhaeghe LW00-100/0007:400
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
R. Asplund RW00-100/0008:210
R. Dahlin D00030/0024:251
J. Eichel C10-229/10025:132
Z. Girgensons LW00020/0013:180
M. Johansson C11125/3219:451
H. Jokiharju D00200/0413:530
J. Larsson C00017/4014:371
C. Lazar RW01106/5009:191
J. McCabe D00-120/01711:471
B. Montour D00110/0021:312
K. Okposo RW00-111/0213:450
V. Olofsson LW00-210/0022:050
S. Reinhart RW00-340/1022:421
R. Ristolainen D00-320/0024:238
M. Scandella D01210/0017:211
C. Sheary RW12240/0015:001
D. Smith LW00100/0201:260
J. Vesey LW10120/0012:500
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (W)284240.85760:00
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (W)28
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
L. Ullmark (L)265210.80857:29
GOALIESSA
L. Ullmark (L)26
GOAL Anthony Cirelli (Empty net shot), Assists: Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos
TB:GoalsShots
BUF:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • TB
      19:57GOAL Anthony Cirelli (Empty net shot), Assists: Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos
    • TB
      08:08GOAL Alex Killorn (Wrist shot), Assists: Pat Maroon and Cedric Paquette
    • TB
      06:20GOAL Kevin Shattenkirk (Wrist shot), Assists: Tyler Johnson and Anthony Cirelli
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • TB
      16:55GOAL Tyler Johnson (Wrist shot), Assists: Ondrej Palat and Ryan McDonagh
    • TB
      13:57(PP) GOAL Alex Killorn (Wrist shot), Assists: Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov
    • BUF
      09:56(SH) GOAL Jack Eichel (Backhand shot)
    • BUF
      08:12GOAL Jimmy Vesey (Slap shot), Assists: Marcus Johansson and Conor Sheary
    • TB
      07:00(PP) GOAL Ondrej Palat (Slap shot), Assists: Tyler Johnson and Mikhail Sergachev
    • BUF
      02:12GOAL Marcus Johansson (Wrist shot), Assists: Conor Sheary and Marco Scandella
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • BUF
      19:03GOAL Conor Sheary (Slap shot), Assist: Curtis Lazar
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • TB
      15:42Nikita Kucherov penalty Cross Checking - 2 min.
    • TB
      12:07Mikhail Sergachev penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • BUF
      12:59Marcus Johansson penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    • TB
      11:06Tyler Johnson penalty Interference - 2 min.
    • BUF
      08:34Jake McCabe penalty Misconduct - 10 min.
    • BUF
      08:34Jake McCabe penalty Instigator - 2 min., served by Kyle Okposo
    • TB
      08:34Mikhail Sergachev penalty Fighting - 5 min.
    • BUF
      08:34Jake McCabe penalty Fighting - 5 min.
    • BUF
      05:08Henri Jokiharju penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • BUF
      03:21Kyle Okposo penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • BUF
      08.0Dalton Smith penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • TB
      08.0Luke Schenn penalty Roughing - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • BUF
      10:29Henri Jokiharju penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • TB
      04:03Steven Stamkos penalty Tripping - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
TB
BUF
Shots on Goal2728
Goals in Power Play20
Faceoff Wins2328
Penalties68
Major Penalties11
Minor Penalties56
Misconducts01
TEAM STATS
TB
Shots on Goal27
Goals in Power Play2
Faceoff Wins23
Penalties6
Major Penalties1
Minor Penalties5
Misconducts0
123T
TB21-13-4
0336
BUF17-17-7
1304
STARS OF THE GAME
22.2 %SHOT %14.3 %
0.857 %SAVE %0.778 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00030/0018:254
A. Cirelli C11226/5018:421
Y. Gourde RW00-100/0013:341
V. Hedman D00100/0025:231
T. Johnson LW12014/1212:170
A. Killorn LW21240/0020:161
N. Kucherov RW01030/0219:251
P. Maroon LW01-110/0011:092
R. McDonagh D01100/0023:240
O. Palat LW11130/0013:321
C. Paquette C01113/7012:402
B. Point C01-122/1018:440
L. Schenn D00-100/0211:512
M. Sergachev D01010/0716:592
K. Shattenkirk D10-110/0017:240
S. Stamkos C01-146/9220:530
M. Stephens C00-112/5007:421
C. Verhaeghe LW00-100/0007:400
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
R. Asplund RW00-100/0008:210
R. Dahlin D00030/0024:251
J. Eichel C10-229/10025:132
Z. Girgensons LW00020/0013:180
M. Johansson C11125/3219:451
H. Jokiharju D00200/0413:530
J. Larsson C00017/4014:371
C. Lazar RW01106/5009:191
J. McCabe D00-120/01711:471
B. Montour D00110/0021:312
K. Okposo RW00-111/0213:450
V. Olofsson LW00-210/0022:050
S. Reinhart RW00-340/1022:421
R. Ristolainen D00-320/0024:238
M. Scandella D01210/0017:211
C. Sheary RW12240/0015:001
D. Smith LW00100/0201:260
J. Vesey LW10120/0012:500
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (W)284240.85760:00
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (W)28
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
L. Ullmark (L)265210.80857:29
GOALIESSA
L. Ullmark (L)26
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
TB21-13-4
0336
BUF17-17-7
1304
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00030/0018:254
A. Cirelli C11226/5018:421
Y. Gourde RW00-100/0013:341
V. Hedman D00100/0025:231
T. Johnson LW12014/1212:170
A. Killorn LW21240/0020:161
N. Kucherov RW01030/0219:251
P. Maroon LW01-110/0011:092
R. McDonagh D01100/0023:240
O. Palat LW11130/0013:321
C. Paquette C01113/7012:402
B. Point C01-122/1018:440
L. Schenn D00-100/0211:512
M. Sergachev D01010/0716:592
K. Shattenkirk D10-110/0017:240
S. Stamkos C01-146/9220:530
M. Stephens C00-112/5007:421
C. Verhaeghe LW00-100/0007:400
Total61202723/2815-19
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
R. Asplund RW00-100/0008:210
R. Dahlin D00030/0024:251
J. Eichel C10-229/10025:132
Z. Girgensons LW00020/0013:180
M. Johansson C11125/3219:451
H. Jokiharju D00200/0413:530
J. Larsson C00017/4014:371
C. Lazar RW01106/5009:191
J. McCabe D00-120/01711:471
B. Montour D00110/0021:312
K. Okposo RW00-111/0213:450
V. Olofsson LW00-210/0022:050
S. Reinhart RW00-340/1022:421
R. Ristolainen D00-320/0024:238
M. Scandella D01210/0017:211
C. Sheary RW12240/0015:001
D. Smith LW00100/0201:260
J. Vesey LW10120/0012:500
Total4502828/2327-20
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (W)284240.85760:00
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (W)28
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
L. Ullmark (L)265210.80857:29
GOALIESSA
L. Ullmark (L)26
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
TB21-13-4
0336
BUF17-17-7
1304
TEAM STATS
3.82
GF AVG
3.41
GA AVG
1.06
Power Play
3.41
GF AVG
3.65
GA AVG
.65
Power Play
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