The Lightning are 5-2-0 against Atlantic Division teams. In the second period Sam Reinhart scored his sixth goal of the season to cut the lead to 2-1, but the Lightning answered in the third period with a goal from Yanni Gourde.
Buffalo aims to break its three-game slide with a win against Tampa Bay. Swedish native Linus Ullmark went 31-for-34 in the losing effort.
The Sabres are 3-1-0 in division games. Tampa Bay ranks sixth in the National Hockey League averaging 5.8 assists per game, led by Victor Hedman with 0.7.
TOP PERFORMERS: Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning with five goals, adding nine assists and recording 14 points.
Jack Eichel leads the Sabres with seven goals and has 17 points. Tampa Bay lost back-to-back games to the Rangers in 2008 in the Czech Republic.
Sabres: 5-4-1, averaging 2.4 goals, 4.3 assists, 3.1 penalties and 6.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a.923 save percentage.