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By The Numbers: Sabres 3, Panthers 1

Thursday, 03.12.2009 / 10:13 PM ET / By The Numbers
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By The Numbers: Sabres 3, Panthers 1
Panthers By The Numbers takes a closer look at some of the
interesting stats that you may or may have not known about.

  Sabres 3, Panthers 1

1 – Not only did the goal give the Sabres a 1-0 lead 3:04 into the contest, but Jaroslav Spacek’s eighth of the season was the first of his career against his former team. The Buffalo blueliner, who played 157 games for the Cats during 2 ½ seasons (1998-2000), had four assists in 11 games going into Thursday night against the Panthers.

2 – Looking for an offensive spark in the game, the Panthers had called up rookie Michal Repik from Rochester prior to the game. It worked. 9:36 into the first, Repik knotted the score at one as his turn-around shot beat Patrick Lalime for his second goal of his career in just his fifth game. Repik scored in his first game in the NHL back on December 8th.

3 – Picking up the only assist on Repik’s first period goal, David Booth stretched his assist and point streak to three games. The Panthers forward, who is second on the team in scoring with 44 points, has three goals and three assists during the streak.

6 – A stretch pass by Spacek would give the home team the lead once again heading into the first intermission. Spacek found Daniel Paille streaking down the side and hit him with a tape-to-tape pass. Paille then wristed a shot that handcuffed Tomas Vokoun for his 8th of the season with 2:55 remaining in the opening period. It was his first goal in six games.

18 – The Panthers and Sabres played a clean first period as neither team took a penalty in the opening frame. That changed just 18 seconds into the second as Richard Zednik went off for holding the stick. Both teams ended with two minors apiece in the second period.

1:07 – The Cats had their chances. Boy did they. First Jason Pominville went to the penalty box for tripping 9:38 into the third period. Then Henrik Tallinder was sent to the box for hooking 10:31, giving the Panthers a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:07. Despite several good chances, including one off a rebound chance by Michael Frolik, Lalime was able to keep the Panthers power play at bay the entire time.

34 – A little luck and it was a two-goal lead for Buffalo. With Booth in the box for hooking, a dump in was stopped by Vokoun and sent to Jay Bouwmeester in the corner. His pass was intended for a Cats forward up the ice but it took a hop and found the stick of Derek Roy. His shot was stopped by Vokoun but Thomas Vanek put int the rebound for the forward’s 34th of the season and first since missing nine games with a broken jaw (fifth game played).

4 – Florida spent a lot of time in the offensive zone in the second and third periods, outshooting Buffalo 23-13 after the Sabres had a 10-8 shot advantage in the first. Buffalo, in fact, had just four shots on Vokoun in the final period of play. Unfortunately one of those put the game out of reach in a 3-1 win for the Sabres.

25 – Kamil Kreps was a busy man in the face-off circle, taking almost 40% of the Panthers draws (25 of 63), winning 13 of those draws. The next closest Panther was Stephen Weiss with 18 face-offs taken, seven less than Kreps. Kreps did most of his damage in the defensive zone, 62% of the draws (8 of 13).

4 (part II) – A head scratcher when you look at the hits column for the Panthers. Not only did Keith Ballard fail to register a hit, but the Cats leader was none other than forward Cory Stillman who had four of the team’s 11 hits. Stillman actually had one more hit than Buffalo’s leader, Toni Lydman.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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