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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 / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  -
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Sabres 3, Panthers 1
Barkov ties it in the third, Huberdeau wins it in the shootout as Thomas stands tall.
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 —  ( - 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.

"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 |




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