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Saturday, October 26th (All times Eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (2-9-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (6-3-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning take aim at their fourth win in five games when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres for Saturday's clash in Central Florida.

The Lightning have won three of their past four games and are 4-2-0 so far on a seven-game homestand at Tampa Bay Times Forum. The residency ends tonight and Tampa is set to begin a three-game road trip beginning with Sunday's tilt against the rival Florida Panthers.

Tampa Bay suffered a 5-0 setback to Boston on Saturday, but rebounded with Thursday's wild 6-5 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Martin St. Louis scored on a rebound 1:16 into the extra session to lift the Lightning past the defending Stanley Cup champions.

After Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the game with 2:29 left in regulation to put the Lightning ahead 5-4, Jonathan Toews was credited with a goal on a Tampa Bay miscue less than a minute later to force overtime.

In the extra session, Radko Gudas ripped a shot at Nikolai Khabibulin, who coughed up the rebound which allowed St. Louis to wrist home the game-winner.

"I really felt like we just stuck with it," St. Louis said. "Our power play got us some big goals today and we were able to put it away in overtime."

Matthew Carle, Nate Thompson and Victor Hedman also scored for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop had 38 saves to earn the win between the pipes.

The Sabres, meanwhile, aim to build off their second win of the season on Saturday. Buffalo snapped a three-game slide Friday by beating the Panthers, 3-1. Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson scored late in the third period to send the Sabres to the road victory.

Rasmus Ristolainen supplied a second-period marker and Jhonas Enroth tied a career best with 44 saves for the Sabres, who have posted both of their wins this season on the road.

"Ristolainen has a nice shot; he's got a good shot from the point," Buffalo head coach Ron Rolston said. "That was the difference tonight, as our offensive blueline work was better."

The Sabres, who are without forwards Patrick Kaleta and John Scott due to league suspensions, could get Ville Leino back tonight. Leino has been sidelined since suffering a cracked rib in Buffalo's season opener on Oct. 2.

The Lightning and Sabres, who are both in the Atlantic Division, met earlier this season in Buffalo when Tampa recorded a 3-2 overtime decision on Oct. 8. Alex Killorn scored the game-winner for the Bolts, who have taken two of three and five of the last eight meetings in this series.

Buffalo has won five of eight and 12 of the last 16 meetings in Tampa.

10/26 10:38:28 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
1st
ORL 18
CHA 22
 
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
1st OT
HOU 104
CLE 103
 
1st
ORL 18
CHA 22
 
1st
BOS 28
GSW 18
 
1st
IND 15
PHI 7
 
1st
SAC 13
POR 23
 
6:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
NOP
Final
NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
Final
PETE 68
IONA 60
 
Final
RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
 
2nd
MON 58
SIENA 55
 
6:30pm Tonight
WAKE
PITT
7:00pm Tonight
STAN
OREG
7:30pm Tonight
OSU
PURD
8:30pm Tonight
COL
ARST
9:30pm Tonight
UCLA
WASU
3rd
WIN 4
LOS 1
 
2nd
PIT 3
CLB 1
 
2nd
FLA 2
TAM 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
9:30pm Tonight
VAN
STL