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Grahame's 25 saves stop Sabres

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Pavel Kubina has found his scoring touch.

Kubina scored two goals, and backup goalie John Grahame made 25
saves to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 victory over the
Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Kubina has six goals this season, doubling his total from last
season.

"It's nice to score some goals, but it doesn't matter who
scores," Kubina said. "It's nice to win the game. It matters who
wins the game."

Grahame faced 11 shots in the first period. He made a glove save
on Curtis Brown's shot from the left circle during a two-on-one.

"He played well," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "He's
not a backup."

Grahame also made strong saves on James Patrick's shot from the
right circle and an in-close chance by Daniel Briere in the final
three minutes of play.

"They're a very hardworking team," Grahame said. "It was our
game plan to jump on them quick, and I think we did that."

Maxim Afinogenov scored the Buffalo goal.

"The final score is the only disappointment," Sabres coach
Lindy Ruff said. "The effort was outstanding."

Kubina put the Lightning up 1-0 at 14:15 of the first, scoring
from the top of the right circle after Alexander Svitov won a
faceoff.

The Lightning are 10-0-1 when scoring first. Buffalo is 0-9 when
allowing the opening goal.

Kubina's power-play goal made it 2-0 with 3:32 left in the
second. He scored from the low left circle off a cross-ice pass
from Martin St. Louis.

"To score that second goal on the power play, it's big for
us," Tortorella said. "It ends up winning the game for us."

Afinogenov got the Sabres within 2-1 at 2:43 of the third.

Buffalo's Mika Noronen turned aside slot shots by Chris Dingman
and Brad Lukowich during the opening three minutes. He finished
with 21 saves.

Game notes
Grahame made his fifth start of the season. Colorado, which
might try to obtain a goalie at some point this season, had two
scouts in attendance. ... Grahame has .961 save percentage and .970
goals-against average in his starts. ... Kubina has two career
two-goal games. The other came against San Jose on March 1, 2002.
... Noronen made 35 saves in Buffalo's 5-0 win over Carolina on
Friday.