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

Boyes and Thomas combine to lead Cats to win in comeback fashion over Sabres.

Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 10:54 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 2, Sabres 1 (SO)
Boyes and Thomas combine to lead Cats to win in comeback fashion over Sabres.
Thu
1/9/2014
2-1
1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 0 0 1 0 1-3 2
Sabres 0 1 0 0 0-3 1
FLA - B. Boyes (12), SO - B. Boyes
BUF - J. McBain (3)
  
   

BUFFALO —  (NHL.com) - Brad Boyes scored in regulation and again the shootout to give the Florida Panthers a 2-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Thursday night.

Boyes scored his 37th career shootout goal, the most since the NHL adopted the tiebreaker in 2005, in the third round when he ripped a shot that hit the right post, caromed off the back of goaltender Jhonas Enroth's leg and went over the goal line.

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"That was its own unique one which makes hockey, hockey. For a 1-1 game, there was a lot of drama…but it was good to come out with two."

- Panthers netminder Tim Thomas
 
1. Timmy "The Tool Time" Thomas: Netminder Tim Thomas was tested and made some highlight reel saves to keep the Buffalo attack off the scoreboard for the majority of the night. The Stanley Cup winner robbed Jamie McBain in the first with the Cats killing a penalty on a diving stop and then stacked the pads to keep Marcus Foligno from scoring. In the second he came up with the right pad save on Tyler Ennis and then stopped Brian Flynn on a breakaway seconds after McBain got the Sabres on the board on a great scoring play that no goaltender could stop. Tool Time finished with 23 saves on the night including a couple in overtime and then all three Sabres shootout shooters.

2. Boyes Time: The Killer B line just continues to shine. Aleksander Barkov's point streak came to an end but his linemates helped set up the equalizer. Sean Bergenheim took a shot in the third that Jhonas Enroth stopped. The long rebound was picked up by Tom Gilbert and his shot was redirected in by Brad Boyes to tie the game midway through the third. The trio combined for 11 Panthers shots on the night, creating chances throughout and the equalizer in the end.

3. Iron-y: The Cats had their chances in the third period and could have won it in regulation as they had a goal called back after Dmitry Kulikov was injured and then put at least four shots off the iron, including two by Tomas Fleischmann. Ironically enough, it was the post that helped them eventually pick up the full two points. After Thomas stopped all three Sabres shootout shooters, Boyes fired a shot that hit the post, bounced back and then in off of Enroth. A third visit to the video replay after the ref initially waved off the goal, showed a good goal and allowed the Panthers to celebrate the win.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@sarahmpineda: @FlaPanthers what a well deserved win tonight, congrats

@soccer416steph: Perfect timing...just landed, turned on gamecenter live and saw #bradboyes score in the shootout, and watch @FlaPanthers win!!!

@DelaneyWarters: so proud of my boys tonight @FlaPanthers

@KyleSwain32: Great win tonight by the @FlaPanthers even through all the tough calls. Guys deserved it. #GoCats #KillerBs #WeSeeRED

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Christopher Carlsson: Awesome, 3 saves by Thomas in the shootout! Congratulations to Boyes for the game Winner

Kimberly Conroy: Can't wait to watch these highlights tomorrow. Great game boys and safe travels. I'll see you in NJ on Saturday!

Joshua Cardenas: That was awesome! !!!
 

3. The Cats dominated the face-off circle in the first period, combining to lose just three times. Young guns Drew Shore, Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad all went perfect in the dot (going 9-0 along the way).

6. Forward Aleksander Barkov's impressive rookie point streak came to an end at six games. The Flying Finn had posted seven points (1-6-7) in tying the franchise record for rookie point streaks.

7. The Panthers rattled off the first seven shots in the game on their way to outshooting the Sabres 13-8 in the first period.

800. Blueliner Brian Campbell hit a milestone in the city he began his NHL career, suiting up his 800th career game against the Sabres. He became the 66th active player to hit 800 games.

 
Tim Thomas
Thomas continues his strong play between the pipes, allowing just the one save on 27 shots (three via the shootout).

24 Shots, 23 Saves, .958 SV%
 
 
The Panthers close out their three-game Northeast trek with a Saturday night game in New Jersey. This will be the first meetings of the season between the teams that met in the 2011-12 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Currently sixth in the Metropolitan Division, New Jersey is led by the ageless one Jaromir Jagr. No. 68 has 13 goals and 35 points in 44 games. Martin Brodeur and Cory Schneider have split the time between the pipes with the 40-year old Brodeur posting a 12-9-4 record and 2.39 GAA in 25 games.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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