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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
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  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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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