TAMPA, FL - (WKBW) Marcus Foligno's pair of goals were part of a four-goal second period for the Buffalo Sabres as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 on Monday night.
The win moves Buffalo into ninth place in the Eastern Conference. They remain two points behind the Washington Capitals for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Drew Stafford opened the scoring in the first period when he deflected a pass from Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff quickly swept the puck from the boards to Stafford who was positioned in the low slot.
Jason Pominville scored later in the opening period, on the power play, when he one-timed a pass from Cody Hodgson. The assist was Hodgson's first point as a Sabre.
Buffalo extended their lead to three goals early in the second period as Marcus Foligno scored his first goal of the game.
Bruno Gervais got Tampa on the board about six minutes after the Foligno tally to cut the Sabres lead to two. But, just 1:04 later, Corey Tropp scored to regain the Buffalo three-goal advantage. Tropp's goal chased Lightning goalie Dustin Tokarski. He was replaced by Dwayne Roloson.
Trevor Smith poked home a loose puck past Ryan Miller to make it a 4-2 game with less than six minutes to play in the middle frame. But, before the period was over Foligno scored his second of the night on a power play. Brad Boyes then added his sixth goal of the season to give the Sabres a 6-2 lead through two periods.
The scoring bonanza continued into the third period. Jason Pominville scored his second goal of the game just 17 seconds into the final frame.
Ryan Malone scored the final goal of the night.
The Sabres return home to host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.