Lightning win again, Sabres cut down Montreal

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Wednesday night to make it nine wins from their last 10 NHL games.

Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov scored the powerplay goals that won it after J.T Brown's early second-period opener for the Lightning was cancelled out by Gustav Nyquist's effort.

The Buffalo Sabres scored three goals in the final period to ensure a 4-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens.

Trailing 2-1 going into the final 20 minutes, Jamie McGinn, Johan Larsson and Brian Gionta found the net for the Sabres to inflict a fifth straight home defeat on their hosts.

The stats do not get much better for the Canadiens, who have lost four in a row and 21 of their last 26 games.

The Calgary Flames enjoyed an easy evening as they were too good for the Carolina Hurricanes, winning 4-1.

Sean Monahan was the star of the show, scoring one and creating three more for Dougie Hamilton, Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau as the Flames snapped a three-game losing run.