STOCKHOLM — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves and Victor Hedman had an assist when the Tampa Lightning defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in the 2019 NHL Global Series at Ericsson Arena on Friday.
Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn and Yanni Gourde scored for the Lightning (7-5-2), who won for the second time in five games (2-2-1).
Linus Ullmark, a Lugnvik, Sweden, native, made 31 saves and Sam Reinhart scored twice for the Sabres (9-5-2), who are winless in their past four games (0-3-1).
Kucherov made it 1-0 at 3:19 of the first, one-timing a saucer pass from Brayden Point on a 2-on-1.
Hedman, a native of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, got the biggest rise from the sold-out crowd when he assisted on Killorn’s goal at 16:14 of the first period to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead. The defenseman, who missed the previous two games with a lower-body injury, played give-and-go with Steven Stamkos on the power play before taking a slap shot that was deflected by Killorn past Ullmark.
Reinhart made it 2-1 with 4:17 left in the second period when he deflected a puck past Vasilevskiy. The goal was disallowed because the referee ruled it was played by a high stick, but it was overturned after a video review.
Gourde gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead at 7:45 of the third period, shooting home a loose puck in the slot for his third goal of the season.
Reinhart scored his second of the game at 11:30 of the third period to make it 3-2. It was his seventh goal of the season.
In addition to Hedman and Ullmark, there were four other players from Sweden in the lineup; Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, and forwards Marcus Johansson, Victor Olofsson and Johan Larsson.
Buffalo forward Vladimir Sobotka was injured at 14:20 of the first period when he was hit by Kucherov. He was helped off the ice and did not return to the game.
This was the 27th regular-season NHL game played in Europe; the teams will also play here Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV).