Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - New Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper wasn'tpresent on the bench, but he is surely pleased with the Lightning's defensiveeffort in a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Steven Stamkos and Martin St Louis each set up one another's goals, helpingTampa Bay snap a three-game losing streak. Mathieu Garon needed to make only13 saves to pick up his fourth win of the season and first against a teamother than Carolina.
The Lightning fired Guy Boucher Sunday morning and named Cooper, the headcoach for Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in Syracuse, his replacement Mondayevening.
Cooper, however, will not make his NHL coaching debut until Friday, when theLightning host New Jersey. Assistants Dan Lacroix and Steve Thomas shared thecoaching responsibilities Tuesday night.
Ryan Miller stopped 21 shots for Buffalo, the only other NHL team to changecoaches this season.