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NHL: Buffalo 7, Tampa Bay 3

March 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM

TAMPA, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- Marcus Foligno and Jason Pominville each scored twice Monday and the Buffalo Sabres stayed in the playoff hunt with a 7-3 rout of Tampa Bay.

Drew Stafford had a goal and two assists while Corey Tropp and Brad Boyes also scored for the Sabres, who kept pace with Washington in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff slot.

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The win gave Buffalo 78 points, two fewer than the Capitals, who beat Detroit Monday 5-3.

Ryan Miller helped the Sabres break a two-game skid with 24 saves.

Bruno Gervais and Ryan Malone each recorded a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who fell to 1-4-0 on a seven-game homestand.

Bolts goalie Dustin Tokarski was chased from the net in the second period after yielding four goals on 15 shots. Dwayne Roloson relieved and made 20 saves.

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