The Tampa Bay Lightning (13-7-1) defeated the Buffalo Sabres (9-12-1) 6-5 in overtime on Monday night in Buffalo.
The Lightning fell behind 5-3 at the 14:19 mark of the third period when Jeff Skinner scored to give the Sabres a two-goal lead. Steven Stamkos scored seventeen seconds later to pull the Bolts within 5-4, and Brandon Hagel tied the game with a power play goal with 2:02 to go in regulation.
In overtime, it would be Steven Stamkos coming through with his twelfth goal to give the Lightning a 6-5 win. Brian Elliott got the win in net, getting 32 saves on 37 shot attempts in the first game of a back-to-back.
The Lightning return to action in the second game of the back-to-back in Boston on Tuesday night. Puck drop between the Lightning and Bruins is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Tuesday evening.
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