Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves to spoil the return of Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1 on Thursday night.
Stamkos had been sidelined since breaking his right shin on Nov. 11 last year at Boston, causing him to miss 45 games. The center received a partial standing ovation during pre-game introductions, when it was announced that he is the new team captain.
Right wing Ryan Callahan, acquired on Wednesday from the New York Rangers for former Tampa Bay captain Martin St Louis, made his Lightning debut.
Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson scored for the Sabres. Enroth stopped a combined seven shots by Stamkos (three) and Callahan (four) through two periods.
KINGS 3, JETS 1
In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mike Richards scored the go-ahead goal on a giveaway by the Winnipeg Jets to lift the Los Angeles Kings to their sixth straight victory.
Dustin Brown scored Los Angeles’ first goal and Alec Martinez added a third-period power-play goal. Jonathan Quick made 17 saves for the Kings (36-22-6).
Olli Jokinen had his 15th goal for Winnipeg (30-27-7) and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 38 shots.
Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom was at the boards by the Kings’ bench and made a pass across the ice that was supposed to be for Jokinen, but Richards intercepted it halfway, crossed the blue line and then fired a shot by Pavelec at 16 minutes, 15 seconds of the second period.
In other play, it was:
‧ Coyotes 5, Canadiens 2
‧ Bruins 3, Capitals 0
‧ Avalanche 3, Red Wings 2, OT
‧ Blackhawks 6, Blue Jackets 1
‧ Blues 2, Predators 1
‧ Stars 6, Canucks 1
‧ Oilers 3, Islanders 2, OT
‧ Sharks 5, Penguins 3