Florida Panthers Facebook Florida Panthers Twitter Florida Panthers Google+ Florida Panthers Pintrest Florida Panthers Instagram Florida Panthers
Buffalo
Sabres
52-24-6
Florida
Panthers
37-34-11

28 SOG
30 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
BUF
FLA
game recap

Panthers 4, Sabres 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends


Panthers 4, Sabres 1
Buffalo Sabres 1, Florida Panthers 4

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Jozef Stumpel had a great day.

Stumpel was named to the Olympic team for Slovakia and then scored two goals to help the Florida Panthers beat Buffalo 4-1 on Thursday night.

"It's exciting and maybe it gave me a lift," said Stumpel, of making the Turin roster. "It was great to get a couple goals."

The victory snapped the Sabres' seven-game winning streak and ended goalie Martin Biron's 13-game winning streak.

The Sabres, who were last beaten by San Jose 5-0 on Dec. 2, had also won nine consecutive road games, one short of the league record set by the Sabres in 1983-84 and matched by the St. Louis Blues in 2000 and the New Jersey Devils in 2001. Buffalo last lost on the road in Ottawa, 6-1, on Nov. 12. The loss to the Senators was Biron's last defeat.

"I made a mistake on their second goal to give the puck up on the wall," Biron said. "I'll take the blame for that. They created the chances and created more opportunities and they got the goals."

Rostislav Olesz and Olli Jokinen also had goals for Florida and Roberto Luongo had 27 saves. Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo and Biron had 26 saves.

Florida took a 4-1 lead during a five-on-three power play on Jokinen's shot from the right circle at 15:38 of the third period.

"We played a solid 60 minutes," Jokinen said. "In the second we took over the game and gave up a freak goal but we played smart and held the lead."

The Sabres scored a power-play goal at 16:49 of the second period on Campbell's slap shot from the point that deflected off the stick of Vanek that closed the gap to 3-1.

"I gave up that goal where the guy (Vanek) tipped it in the slot," Luongo said. "I thought tonight was probably our best game of the year. A complete effort in every aspect of the game."

The Panthers scored three times in the second period. They took a 3-0 lead on a short-handed goal by Stumpel at 11:56. The Panthers' Lukas Krajicek cleared the zone and Stumpel beat Jason Pominville to the puck. His slap shot went over Biron's shoulder.

Olesz made the score 2-0 at 3:17. A shot from the point by Jokinen was blocked but Olesz was there for the rebound and poked in the puck.

Stumpel's first goal came at 1:27 and gave Florida a 1-0 lead. Joe Nieuwendyk passed the puck across the front of the crease to Stumpel, who was waiting on Biron's left. Stumpel's shot beat Biron on the glove side.

"We are definitely disappointed," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "Our execution wasn't very good."

Notes:The Panthers have won four of their past five games. ... Buffalo had won 15 of its past 17 games. ... Stumpel had two goals in a game for the first time this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:27
FLA
Jozef Stumpel (3) ASST: Joe Nieuwendyk (6), Rostislav Olesz (6)
1 - 0 FLA
03:17
FLA
Rostislav Olesz (5) ASST: Olli Jokinen (20), Jozef Stumpel (11)
2 - 0 FLA
11:56
FLA
SHG - Jozef Stumpel (4) ASST: Lukas Krajicek (11)
3 - 0 FLA
16:49
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (8) ASST: Brian Campbell (13), Maxim Afinogenov (17)
3 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
15:38
FLA
PPG - Olli Jokinen (14) ASST: Stephen Weiss (11), Nathan Horton (6)
4 - 1 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
00:29
FLA
Chris Gratton  Hooking
01:44
FLA
Sean Hill  Slashing
19:25
BUF
Tim Connolly  Tripping
2nd Period
05:23
BUF
Daniel Paille  Tripping
09:26
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Interference
10:23
FLA
Martin Gelinas  Interference
16:02
FLA
Joel Kwiatkowski  Holding
18:07
FLA
Nathan Horton  Holding
19:15
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Too many men/ice - bench
19:42
FLA
Martin Gelinas  Tripping
19:42
FLA
Martin Gelinas  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
15:16
BUF
Michael Grier  Delay of game
15:16
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Hooking
16:01
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Holding
16:51
BUF
Derek Roy  Tripping
18:32
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Hooking
goalie stats
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 30TOI: 59:58
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 1
Roberto Luongo
SA: 28TOI: 59:50
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .964SH: 1 - 1
OUR PARTNERS