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Panthers Wrap-Up: Sabres 3, Panthers 1

Cats score first but Enroth shuts the door the rest of the way in Sabres victory.

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 11:18 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Sabres 3, Panthers 1
Fri
10/25/2013
1-3
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 0 0 0 1
Sabres 0 2 1 0 3
FLA - J. Winchester (2)
BUF - R. Ristolainen (1), S. Ott (1), EN - C. Hodgson (4)
  
   

SUNRISE, FL —  (NHL.com) - The Buffalo Sabres got a rare victory Friday night, and they can thank goalie Jhonas Enroth for it.

Enroth stopped 44 shots and Steve Ott broke a 1-1 tie with 7:18 left in the third period to help the Sabres beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 at BB&T Center.

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"There's a lot of hard work put into that game and there's no reward at all. There's no points. There's no consolation prize for playing hard and well and creating offense. At the end of the day we're all about the two points so on that note it's not a good night."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen.
 
1. On The Board: Florida came out flying against the Sabres, looking to jump on the visitors and a team that had won just once in their first 11 games. They attacked the Buffalo zone and came up with great scoring opportunity after great scoring opportunity and were finally rewarded thanks to the return of forward Sean Bergenheim. Playing his first game in a year and a half, Bergenheim sent a shot on Jhonas Enroth. Crashing the net, Jesse Winchester neatly deflected the puck past Enroth with 6:02 remaining in the first period, giving the home crowd something to chear about before the intermission hit.

2. Lead Change: Buffalo, pinned in their own zone for what seemed like most of the night tied the game with a goal in the second period as a screened Jacob Markstrom was beaten by a point shot from Rasmus Ristolainen with 6:28 left in the period. The visitors would score the eventual game-winner in the third with 7:18 remaing. Battling Erik Gudbranson in front of the net, Buffalo captain Steve Ott tipped Christian Ehrhoff's point shot past Markstrom for a 2-1 lead.

3. Everything But The Kitchen Sink: Florida had their chances. Boy did they. They outshot Buffalo 45-21, the 45 shots a season high but Enroth had an answer for all but one of them. Time and time again the Sabres netminder came up with a big save, one of the biggest coming with 9:40 to play in the second and the Panthers holding on to a 1-0 lead. There, Kris Versteeg sent a cross ice pass that Aleksander Barkov eventually corraled and then in turn found Tomas Fleischmann all alone outside the crease but Enroth was there with the pad save to keep it a one-goal game.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@MathiasMejia_: Every Night I hear @goldieonice Say 'missed the net wide'! That's not good for the #FlaPanthers! Shoot it to the net and good things happen

@DRokSH: I can't believe the #FlaPanthers lost at home to the #Sabres how do you do that!?!

@markymarcsports: Very Disappointing ... #FlaPanthers lost to the #Sabres 3-1.. mind boggling why the goals dont come more often..

@todderickearl: Really Panthers! You've got to be kidding me! #FlaPanthers

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Zachary Bruckner: 45 shots, 1 goal. How demoralizing of a game

Jimmy Alfredo Castro: I didn't see the game unfortunately but by the stats u see of the game it looks like this was a frustrating one.

Stephen Watts: Panther fans. Look on the bright side. 45 shots on goal. Their goalie played a great game. That's why we lost.

Jim Tracy: Cats just ran into a hot tender, simple as that.
 

1. It's been a long time since Sean Bergenheim played a game in a Panthers uniform (April 26, 2012) but he made an impact in his first game back, setting up the game's first goal on a great pass/shot to a crashing Jesse Winchester. Bergenheim finished with two shots and two hits along with the assist on 11:59 of ice time.

2. The Panthers and Sabres dropped the gloves twice in the game and defenseman Erik Gudbranson was involved in both of them, fighting Steve Ott at the end of the first period and then Cody McCormick in the second period.

18. A shot barade by the Panthers in the opening 20 minutes as the Cats recorded a season-high 18 shots on Jhonas Enroth. The previous high came in the third period of the season opener in Dallas (15).

45. Besides setting a season high in shots in a period, the Panthers also easily bested their season high for shots in a game. The 45 shots were six more than the 39 they posted in the season opener in Dallas.

45. While Florida took the shot count, Buffalo earned the hit category, outhitting Florida 45-17. Buffalo was led by rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov who recorded seven in the game.

 
Jhonas Enroth
Was easily the best player on the ice in keeping the Panthers off the board following a Jesse Winchester first period goal. Numerous difficult saves.

45 Shots, 44 Saves, .978 SV%
 
 
Florida is back in action on Sunday for a 5pm start against in-state rival Tampa Bay in the second game of the race for the Governor's Cup. The Panthers look to even the season series at a game a piece after Tampa earned a 7-2 victory on Oct. 10th in their home opener. Tampa will play Saturday night, hosting the Sabres before traveling to Sunrise for the game. The Lightning have earned 12 points (6-3-9) in their first nine games and are led by superstars Steven Stamkos (14 points in nine games) and Martin St Louis (12 points in nine games).

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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  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
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11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
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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

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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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