Sabres 2, Lightning 1
Jan. 26, 2000
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Miroslav Satan and Michael Peca scored goals 2:37 apart in the second period, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
Martin Biron made 21 saves for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game losing streak as well as a three-game home losing skid.
Darcy Tucker scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost six straight games and is 1-16-2 since mid-December. Dan Cloutier, who gave up eight goals Monday night at Washington, had 22 saves against the Sabres.
Satan opened the scoring with 8:01 remaining in the second period. He scooped up a loose puck behind the net and guided it into an empty net for his club-high 24th goal of the season. Cloutier misread the rebound on a shot by Cory Sarich and was caught on the wrong side of the goal.
Peca then scored his eighth goal of the season, poking home a rebound after Cloutier made the stop on Eric Rasmussen's slapshot.
Tucker spoiled Biron's shutout bid 1:30 into the third period. Chris Gratton made a nice pass from behind the net, and Tucker scored his 13th goal with a shot through Biron's glove.
The Sabres remain 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, but moved within four points of Boston for eighth place and the final playoff seeding.
The team also announced goaltender Dominik Hasek is slated to practice for a limited time with the team Wednesday morning. It will be his first participation in a team practice since a groin injury October 29.