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Associated Press
11/20/2006 10:21:04 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Thomas Vanek and Paul Gaustad each scored twice in Buffalo's seven-goal second period, and Ales Kotalik had three assists to lead the Sabres to a 7-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

Jiri Novotny, Jaroslav Spacek and Chris Drury also scored for the Sabres, who won for the sixth time in eight games.

Martin St. Louis had two goals for Tampa Bay, which lost its second straight.

It was the fifth time the Sabres scored six or more goals this season, and the second time in five games that they had seven.

Ryan Miller made 24 saves to win for the first time since Nov. 2. He missed four games in the middle of the month with an abdominal strain.

St. Louis gave the Lightning a 1-0 first-period lead before the Sabres broke loose for seven goals on 13 shots in the middle frame against Lightning goalie Marc Denis, making his second start in seven games.

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