Martin Biron made 30 saves as the visiting Buffalo Sabres kept the Tampa Bay Lightning from moving into first place in the Southeast Division with a 4-1 victory yesterday.

The Sabres (18-30-7-5), who have the NHL's worst record, got goals from Maxim Afinogenov, Alexei Zhitnik and Miroslav Satan. Buffalo is unbeaten in eight games (6-0-2) against the Lightning.

Brad Richards scored for Tampa Bay, which trails first-place Washington by one point. The Lightning has never won a division title and is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 1996.

"It was one of those games where you build on momentum," Biron said.

Biron made in-close saves on Dave Andreychuk, Vincent Lecavalier and Fredrik Modin as Tampa Bay controlled play for the first half of the third period.

Afinogenov put the Sabres up 1-0 from the slot, after a Tampa Bay turnover, at 3 minutes 24 seconds of the first. Zhitnik gave Buffalo a two-goal advantage at 9:25.

* DEVILS 4, PENGUINS 3: Joe Nieuwendyk scored midway through the third period for his 1,000th NHL career point and Scott Gomez put New Jersey ahead 37 seconds later as the Devils rallied in Pittsburgh.

New Jersey overcame deficits of 1-0 and 3-2 while rallying to win for the sixth time this season -- and the second straight game -- after trailing in the third period.

Mario Lemieux and Martin Straka each had a goal and an assist and Rico Fata scored in the second straight game for Pittsburgh, but the Penguins still lost for the second time on a five-game homestand that will end Tuesday.

Nieuwendyk became the 65th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points, picking up the puck in the neutral zone and, while skating past two Penguins, snapped off a shot from the high slot to tie it at 3.

* BRUINS 4, ISLANDERS 4: Don Sweeney scored his second goal of the season with 2:24 left in regulation to lift visiting Boston to a much-needed tie.

Sweeney moved in on New York goalie Garth Snow and put a wrist shot in the top left corner to give the Bruins an important point, keeping them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.

Boston, which finished a seven-game road trip at 1-4-2-0, also got goals from Glen Murray and Jozef Stumpel, and a goal and three assists from Brian Rolston.

* MIGHTY DUCKS 4, HURRICANES 0: Sandis Ozolinsh had a goal and an assist against his former team, and Martin Gerber stopped 28 shots for his first career shutout as visiting Anaheim rolled.

The Mighty Ducks improved to 7-3 in their last 10 road games and have 70 points, one better than last season, with 20 games left.

Carolina had its modest three-game home unbeaten streak snapped and has won three times since Dec. 22.

* FLAMES 4, COYOTES 2: Jarome Iginla scored four times as visiting Calgary snapped a six-game losing streak against Phoenix.

The 2001-02 MVP, who led the NHL in goals and points last season, has found his stride in February, scoring 13 of his 28 goals this month. The hat trick was his second in nine games.

Iginla put on a clinic, scoring on a power play, short-handed, at even strength and into an empty net as he matched his career high for points with his first four-goal game. He scored twice unassisted.

* PREDATORS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2: Vitali Yachmenev scored twice as visiting Nashville ended Toronto's five-game winning streak.

Rem Murray, Scott Walker and Adam Hall also scored for Nashville.

Alexander Mogilny had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have lost just two of 12 games.

* STARS 3, BLACKHAWKS 0: Ron Tugnutt made 20 saves for his second shutout this season and 23rd of his career, and Mike Modano scored two goals to lead Dallas on the road.

Scott Young added a goal and an assist for Dallas, which extended its unbeaten streak to four (2-0-2). The Stars have lost only once in 12 games (8-1-3) and twice in 25 (17-2-6).

* WILD 3, BLUES 1: Wes Walz scored two goals and Antii Laaksonen had two assists as Minnesota won at home.

Manny Fernandez stopped 21 shots for the Wild, which snapped its three-game losing streak and sent the Blues to their fifth loss in six games.

* CANUCKS 7, BLUE JACKETS 2: Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi each tallied two goals and two assists as host Vancouver extended its club-record unbeaten streak to 13 games. The last time the Canucks lost was Jan. 24.

* AVALANCHE 4, RANGERS 1: Milan Hejduk scored twice to extend his goal streak to seven games and Patrick Roy stopped 37 shots as Colorado won at home.

* THRASHERS 3, OILERS 3: Yannick Tremblay and Dan Snyder scored late in the third period as visiting Atlanta rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie.

Devils' Joe Nieuwendyk, left, is congratulated by Scott Stevens after scoring his 1,000th career point, a third-period goal in a 4-3 win over Penguins.