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It was just the eighth time this season that Buffalo has taken a lead into the third period.

The Sabres went up 3-0 on Hodgson’s goal with 6:16 to go in the third.

NOTES: Buffalo RW Chris Stewart and C Zemgus Girgensons left with injuries and Nolan said both are very doubtful for Friday’s game at Florida. … The Lightning went 22-18-5 while Stamkos was out. … C Torrey Mitchell, obtained in a trade Wednesday with Minnesota, played his first game with the Sabres. Michal Neuvirth, acquired from Washington, was Buffalo’s backup goalie. … The Sabres announced that G Dominik Hasek will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony on March 29. … Lightning LW Ryan Malone, who has gone pointless in 12 consecutive games, was scratched.