Alex Killorn had a goal and assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s offense showed no ill-effect from missing captain Steven Stamkos in cruising to a 4-1 win over the Sabres Thursday night in Buffalo.
Nikita Kucherov, Nikita Nesterov, and Brayden Point also scored, and Valtteri Filppula set up two goals with no-look passes in helping the Lightning win their third straight and improve to 6-2-1 in their past nine.
The spread-out offensive contributions came in Tampa Bay’s first game since Stamkos tore a ligament in his right knee during a 4-3 win at Detroit on Tuesday. He’s expected to miss four months.
Cody Franson scored for Buffalo, which dropped to 0-4-2 in its past six. It’s a stretch in which the team’s offense has dried up in managing just six goals.
The Sabres face far bigger issues on the injury front.
They’re playing without two top-line forwards, Ryan O'Reilly (midsection) and Jack Eichel (left ankle), and two regular defensemen, Zach Bogosian (knee) and Dmitry Kulikov (lower back).
Predators 5, Senators 1 — Ryan Ellis scored the tiebreaking goal late in the first period and Pekka Rinne stopped 30 shots to lead visiting Nashville over Ottawa.
Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist, and Colton Sissons, Pontus Aberg, and James Neal also scored to help the Predators sweep the two-game season series.
Blues 3, Sharks 2 — Jaden Schwartz scored twice and David Perron added the winner as host St. Louis held off San Jose in a rematch of last spring's Western Conference finals.
Jake Allen had 29 saves as the Blues won their second straight.
Flyers 5, Jets 2 — Michael Raffl and Sean Couturier scored 34 seconds apart in the first period on Philadelphia’s initial two shots, and the Flyers beat visiting Winnipeg.
Maple Leafs 6, Panthers 1 — Connor Brown had two goals and two assists to lead host Toronto over Florida, spoiling goalie James Reimer first start in Toronto since leaving in the offseason.
Stars 3, Avalanche 2 — Patrick Eaves capped Dallas's three-goal first period and the Stars held off visiting Colorado.