Stamkos scores late goal late, Bliksem beats …

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Steven Stamkos scored the goal of taking the game with another 5:16 to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabers on Saturday-evening.

Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Lightning, who won 18 of their last 20. Louis Domingue stopped 30 shots.

Sam Reinhart, Tage Thompson and Marco Scandella had the goals for Buffalo, who lost for the second consecutive night. Linus Ullmark ended with 25 saves.

Scandella gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead at 5:54 of the third and beat Jason Pominville's short pass.

Only 23 seconds later the lightning used a bad giveaway by Saber defender Lawrence Pilut, and Stamkos found Kucherov for his 22nd goal of the season.

Stamkos then set up Tampa Bay well, took a droppass from Kucherov and fired a hard shot to Ullmark's blocker side.

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91), Victor Hedman (77) and Louis Domingue (70) celebrate a victory at the Buffalo Sabers after the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo NY (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91), Victor Hedman (77) and Louis Domingue (70) celebrate a victory at the Buffalo Sabers after the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo NY (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Callahan then added an insurance with a remaining 1:19 to make it 5-3.

Point opened the score only 26 seconds in the game. After a face-off victory in the Buffalo zone, Point bounced a rebound before his 29th.

Reinhart flattened the score five minutes later after a power game from Buffalo ended. Reinhart put Stamkos in the high slot and placed a wrist shot before his tenth high in the glove.

Thompson gave Buffalo just before the end of the first a 2-1 lead and closed a 2-on-1 chance in the far corner with 10 seconds left in the period.

Palat equalized the score at 2-2 for a spectacular piece by Tampa Bay defender Mikhail Sergachev. Sergachev raced to the right, placed a perfect backhand pass to Palat in the lock and Palat's flowing one-timer went in before his sixth.

OBSERVATIONS: D Nathan Beaulieu, D Matt Hunwick and LW Remi Elie were scratched for the Sabers. … D Anton Stralman, RW Mathieu Joseph and LW Danick Martel were scratched for the Bliksem. … The fourth and final meeting between the two teams is on February 21 in Tampa Bay.

NEXT ONE

Lightning: on the New York Islanders on Sunday night.

Sabers: start a five-game road trip on Monday against Edmonton.

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Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate a goal during the third period of the NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate a goal during the third period of the NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate a goal during the third period of the NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning-keeper Louis Domingue saved in Buffalo N.Y. during the third period of the NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning-keeper Louis Domingue saved in Buffalo N.Y. during the third period of the NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning-keeper Louis Domingue saved in Buffalo N.Y. during the third period of the NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning defender Ryan McDonagh, left, is stopped by linesman Ryan Daisy (81) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo NY (AP Photo / Jeffrey T Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning defender Ryan McDonagh, left, is stopped by linesman Ryan Daisy (81) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo NY (AP Photo / Jeffrey T Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning defender Ryan McDonagh, left, is stopped by linesman Ryan Daisy (81) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo NY (AP Photo / Jeffrey T Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) is congratulated with his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) is congratulated with his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) is congratulated with his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabres goalkeeper Linus Ullmark (35) saves a glove during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabres goalkeeper Linus Ullmark (35) saves a glove during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabres goalkeeper Linus Ullmark (35) saves a glove during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabres goalkeeper Linus Ullmark (35) will stop Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabres goalkeeper Linus Ullmark (35) will stop Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabres goalkeeper Linus Ullmark (35) will stop Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabers defender Marco Scandella (6) and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde (37) fights during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabers defender Marco Scandella (6) and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde (37) fights during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabers defender Marco Scandella (6) and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde (37) fights during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabers forward Sam Reinhart (23) and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Braydon Coburn (55) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo NY (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabers forward Sam Reinhart (23) and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Braydon Coburn (55) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo NY (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabers forward Sam Reinhart (23) and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Braydon Coburn (55) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo NY (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Louis Domingue (70) rescues during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Louis Domingue (70) rescues during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Louis Domingue (70) rescues during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabers, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabers defender Marco Scandella (6) stick checks Tampa Bay Lightning Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabers defender Marco Scandella (6) stick checks Tampa Bay Lightning Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Buffalo Sabers defender Marco Scandella (6) stick checks Tampa Bay Lightning Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

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