BUFFALO, N.Y. — Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the game 2:44 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.
Brayden Point also had two goals, Brandon Hagel had a goal and an assist, and Corey Perry also scored for the Lightning, who rallied from two goals down in the third period to force overtime. Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev each had three assists, and Stamkos added one for a three-point night.
Brian Elliott had 32 saves to get the win.
Tage Thompson had a goal and an assist, and Tyson Jost, Jeff Skinner, Jack Quinn and Dylan Cozens also scored for Buffalo. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 19 saves.
In the extra period, Stamkos got the winner on a blast from the right circle for his 12th of the season.
With the score tied at 3-3 to open the third period, the Sabres appeared to take control in the third with two goals for a 5-3 lead with a little more than 5 1/2 minutes remaining.
Cozens put Buffalo ahead at 9:37, ripping a shot from the right circle under the crossbar and beating Elliott on the glove side. Skinner made it 5-3 with 5:41 remaining, finishing from a tight angle after an odd-man rush was initially stopped.
However, the Lightning answered back with two goals 3 1/2 minutes apart.
Stamkos scored just 16 seconds after Skinner’s goal to get the Lightning within one. Hagel tied it with a power-play goal with 2:02 remaining. With Elliott pulled to create a 6-on-4 advantage, Kucherov’s shot from the right circle was deflected by Hagel past Luukkonen.
Point opened the scoring 7:54 into the game with a power-play goal from close range for his ninth.
Perry made it 2-0 with 3:12 left in the first off a cross-ice pass from Stamkos.
Thompson put Buffalo on the board with 2:06 left in the first, beating Elliott with some nifty stick-handling after forcing a turnover in front of the Tampa net.
Quinn evened it 59 seconds later, finishing a nice feed from JJ Peterka on a quick offensive rush.
Jost gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead midway through the second period, scoring his first goal with the Sabres after he was acquired off waivers from Minnesota on Nov. 19.
Point tied it 3-3 on the power play with 3:34 left in the second after getting a pass from Kucherov.
Tampa Bay forward Cole Koepke returned after missing three games with an upper-body injury.
Lightning: At Boston on Tuesday night.