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Panthers Wrap-Up: Sabres 2, Panthers 1 (OT)

Garrison knots score at one in second but Pominville beats Clemmensen in extra session for extra point.

Friday, 12.9.2011 / 11:10 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  -
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Sabres 2, Panthers 1 (OT)
1-2 (OT)
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 0 0 1
SABRES 1 0 0 1 2
FLA - PPG - J. Garrison (9)
BOS - D. Roy (7), J. Pominville (10)
BUFFALO, NY (AP) - Jason Pominville scored at 2:19 of overtime, and Ryan Miller finished with 22 saves to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Derek Roy also scored for the Sabres (15-11-2), who won for just the third time in their past nine games (3-4-2). Buffalo also won for only the second time in its past eight home games.

"It was disappointing we lost, but the disappointment we feel is positive. We had won three games in a row so it was a good point. You knew it was the type of game that one little thing was going to make a big difference."

- Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen
1. Tough Second Game In Two Nights: Playing a second game in two nights, especially after beating the defending Stanley Cup Champions in their home building the night before and especially with their opponent rested and waiting for a home game. That was Florida's task Friday night as they faced a Buffalo team that had the day off after blowing a three goal lead and falling in overtime to Philadelphia. The Sabres got on the board first off the rush from Derek Roy. While they did allow the tying goal in the second, they managed to pick up the second point with another goal on the rush. This time it came off the stick of Sabres captain Jason Pominville 2:19 into the extra session. It was a tough loss but Florida played well and will gladly take three out of the four points in playing back-to-back games. In their last back-to-back games, Florida was only able to garner one point (overtime loss to Tampa Bay in late November).

2. Special Teams Continued Success: While Florida's power play only went one-for-four on the night, it was a big goal as Jason Garrison netted his ninth of the season on a rocket on a 5-on-3 power play in the second period. That goal tied the game at one and ultimately netted the Panthers a point to put to their season total. The Cats penalty kill unit did their part in earning that point as they killed off all five Sabres power play chances. Florida has now killed off all 11 opponent's chances in the last three games. In their game against Buffalo, the Panthers allowed eight shots (1.6 shots a power play chance).

3. Scoring On The Rush: Florida did a good job of clogging Buffalo's attack for the most of the night (just 20 shots allowed), but the Sabres earned the two points off of two rushes. First, it was Drew Stafford setting up Roy who had gotten behind the Panthers defense for his seventh of the season as he snapped the puck past Clemmensen with 2:10 left in the opening period. On the game-winner, Pominville was set up by Peter Szczechura after the Sabres captain once again got behind Florida's defense. Pominville scored low on Clemmensen 2:19 into the extra session. It's a lesson learned for the Panthers as they have to keep an eye on the breakout pass by their opponents.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@big5hole25: Never bad coming out with a point on the road on the second night of back 2 backs for the #FlaPanthers. Time to paint NYC Red! #WeseeRed!!

@Van_Murph: Grinding game on the road in Buffalo, and the #FlaPanthers come away with a point in the second game of back-to-backs. #NotTooShabby

@hlamp: Honestly, I'm happy with the point tonight, it takes nothing away from the thrill of beating the Bruins. #FlaPanthers # WeSeeRed

@benjamin_arkin: Loss in OT is frustrating but I'll take the point and being tied for 1st place in the Eastern Conference #FlaPanthers

@jpcck: It wasn't meant 2b 2nite for the Cats, but a great effort none the less! #WeSeeRed #FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Ryan Maloy: Good game, two brutal games back to back for the cats, walk away with 3/4 points cant complain.

Gregory Cordero: another well fought game.. take the point and regroup.. GO PANTHERS!!

Alan A Ayuso: tough loss we owned the 2nd and 3rd periods it's so sad we lose on 2 breakaway goals they had a tough game last night thats when you need the backup to step up the guys really deserved that 4th point in 2 days

Adam Hernandez: Shoot tough loss :/ we got a point and played very well considering the hard fought game yesterday brush it off and on to the next one GO CATS GO!!

Jeff Main: Shoot, congrats to Buffalo with the OT win. We walk away with the point for the effort.


1. Seeing his fourth action of the season (and third in the last four games), Scott Clemmensen was finally on the losing end of a game. Clemmensen turned asided 18 of the 20 shots he saw as his record fell to 3-1 on the season.

4. Three seperate players recorded four shots on goal, a game high. Florida had two of them as Kris Versteeg and Shawn Matthias threw four pucks on Ryan Miller. Derek Roy (goal) led the way for Buffalo with four shots on Clemmensen.

The Panthers penalty kill continues to sparkle of late as they killed off all five Buffalo opportunities. Florida has killed 11-of-11 power play chances over the last three games and are 40-for-43 (93%) on the penalty kill over their last 14 games.

30. Collecting assists on Jason Garrison's second period power play goal, both Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann registered their 30th point of the season. Versteeg has reached that threshold in 28 games while Fleischmann registered it in one more game.

The Panthers and Sabres combined for just 43 shots on goal in their overtime affair. It was the lowest combined shot output this season, four shots fewer than the 47 Florida combined with Winnipeg on November 10.
Derek Roy
Scored the Sabres first goal of the night and was active throughout.

1 Goal, 4 Shots, +1, 53% FO%
Florida gets a well deserved day off after taking three out of a possible four points in back-to-back nights. While resting, they'll wait for the New York Rangers who play a Saturday night against the Panthers Friday night opponents, the Buffalo Sabres. New York records points as they have the league's least amount of regulation losses (6). They've picked up points in their other 19 games (34 points) and that's thanks to a stout defense. Led by netminder Henrik Lundqvist (2.13 GAA, .931 SV%), the Rangers have allowed the second least amount of goals in the league (58), just behind Boston (56).

Author: Glenn Odebralski |




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