BUFFALO — Craig Anderson made 35 saves for the Buffalo Sabres, who continued their hot start with a 5-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at KeyBank Center on Monday.
Victor Olofsson scored two goals, Robert Hagg had a goal and an assist, and Tage Thompson had two assists for the Sabres (4-1-1).
Alex Killorn scored, and Brian Elliott made 20 saves in his season debut for the Lightning (2-3-1), who are 0-2-1 in their past three games.
Olofsson gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 1:41 of the first period, shooting into an open net from the right circle after Elliott gave up a big rebound on Thompson’s initial shot.
Tampa Bay has allowed the first goal in each of its six games this season.
Killorn tied it 1-1 at 18:26 when he got his stick on Ryan McDonagh‘s point shot, causing the puck to trickle through Anderson’s pads. It was the first goal the Lightning have scored in the first period.
Drake Caggiula made it 2-1 at 19:22 of the second period, holding off Tampa Bay defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and scoring on a breakaway.
Vinnie Hinostroza extended the lead to 3-1 with a shot from the slot at 4:25 of the third period, and Hagg (14:25) and Olofsson (17:30) each shot into an empty net for the 5-1 final.