Series (Game 4 of 4)

Buffalo leads 4-0

Game 1: Thursday, October 13th
Game 2: Friday, December 23rd
Game 3: Thursday, January 5th
Game 4: Thursday, March 9th

Lightning 5

(33-26-4, 70 pts)

Sabres 8

(40-16-5, 85 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 9, 2006

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 T
TB 2 2 15
BUF 2 3 38

D. Roy (Sabres - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 1

J. Dumont (Sabres - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

B. Richards (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

Tampa Bay (33-25-4) at Buffalo (39-16-5) 7:00 pm EST

Tampa Bay (33-25-4) at Buffalo (39-16-5) 7:00 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The Buffalo Sabres can become the fifth team to win 40 games Thursday when they try to complete a season series sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Sabres have won three straight contests and trail Ottawa by four points for first place in the Northeast Division. They also have a three-point edge over Philadelphia for fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Jochen Hecht scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and Daniel Briere added a pair of assists for Buffalo in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

The Sabres have the league's second-best power play (76-of-353) and penalty killing (273-of-316) and will try to sweep the Lightning for the first time in franchise history.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning have taken seven of their last nine road contests and is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind New Jersey for sixth place and three in front of Montreal.

Dan Boyle scored twice and Brad Richards added the shootout clincher for Tampa Bay, which opened a five-game road trip with Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Tampa Bay has given up 37 goals in its last seven games and is 17-13-2 on the road.