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Panthers Fall To Sabres

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Panthers Fall To Sabres
Buffalo Sabres 4, Florida Panthers 2
Buffalo Sabres' Nathan Paetsch, right, blocks a shot by Florida Panthers' Gregory Campbell (11) as Sabres' goalie Ryan Miller (30) looks on in the first period of a hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Friday, Oct. 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
By Dave Joseph for Floridapanthers.com

The Panthers fell back Friday evening into a familiar and very disconcerting routine.

After playing a solid 40 minutes against the Sabres – and coming off what GM and coach Jacques Martin called their “best game of the season” – the Panthers came apart in the third period, allowing three goals, including one shorthanded, to lose 4-2 at BankAtlantic Center.

The Panthers have had troubles this young season playing 60 full minutes of hockey, and they’ve had problems allowing goals in the final 20 minutes. So Friday’s third period turned out to be like Groundhog Day.

The Panthers have been outscored in the third period this season 15-4, and Friday night they were 0-for-7 on the power play.

“We’re not making the right decisions,” said Brett McLean, who then referred to Wednesday’s 4-3 victory over the Flyers. “We played 60 minutes against Philadelphia. If you want to be a playoff team, you’ve got to play like that every game."

After holding one goal leads twice during the game, the Panthers imploded in the third period. First, Jochen Hecht scored on a one-timer to tie the game at two with 11:35 remaining in the game. Minutes later, Drew Stafford got the game-winner on what appeared to be an innocent shot from the right wing. Unfortunately, the puck bounced off goalie Tomas Vokoun and ricochet high over the net before dropping behind the Panther goalie and into the net.

The final insult came with three minutes remaining and with the Panthers on the power play when Daniel Paille took the puck away from Cory Murphy and skated in alone on Vokoun. Paille beat Vokoun high to the short side.
Set. Game. Match.

Game Highlights
Starting Lineups
 Panthers    Sabres
 Jokinen
C
 Connolly
 Stumpel
LW
 Hecht
 Zednik 
RW
 Pominville
 Bouwmeester
D
 Lydman
 Allen
D
 Tallinder
 Vokoun
G
 Miller 
Post-Game Video
Jacques Martin
Nathan Horton
Tomas Vokoun
Mike Van Ryn
Olli Jokinen Tribute
Quote of the Game
“We’re not making the right decisions. We played 60 minutes against Philadelphia. If you want to be a playoff team, you’ve got to play like that every game." - forward Brett McLean
Stat of the Game
The Panthers had seven power play opportunities on the night, but failed to convert on any of them.
3 Stars
Presented by Szrio Jewelry
1. Jason Pominville
2. Ryan Miller
3. Daniel Paille
Martin, who spoke earlier in the day about the Sabres being a desperate team coming off three consecutive losses, was asked if his team matched their opponents desperation.

“Probably not,” Martin said. “The major factor was the specialty team. They got a power play goal and a shorthanded goal. That was the difference in the hockey game. We didn’t win enough battles in front of the net for rebounds. There were some loose pucks there. We got to be better.”

As for the power play, Martin said; “Not enough movement. Not enough pucks at the net.”

As they’ve done several times this season, the Panthers started quick. Just 1:45 into the game, Jozef Stumpel snapped a wrist shot past Ryan Miller for a 1-0 lead.

But the Sabres came back at 7:53 of the period when, with Gregory Campbell and Brett McLean sitting in the penalty box on tripping calls, Ales Kotalik beat Vokoun on a 5-on-3 advantage.

The Panthers ended the period, however, taking a 2-1 lead to the locker room when Ville Peltonen scored his second goal of the year when he stopped a Sabres’ clearing pass in the high slot and fired the puck past Ryan Miller.

The Panthers played a solid second period, but they couldn’t carry over into the third. Failing to get back to .500, the Panthers left South Florida immediately after the game and headed to Nashville where Saturday they’ll play the Predators.

Martin called Saturday’s contest a “crucial game.”
scoring summary
1st Period
01:45
FLA
Jozef Stumpel (2) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (3)
1 - 0 FLA
07:53
BUF
PPG - Ales Kotalik (2) ASST: Jason Pominville (3), Thomas Vanek (4)
1 - 1 Tie
19:15
FLA
Ville Peltonen (2) ASST: Stephen Weiss (6), Nathan Horton (4)
2 - 1 FLA
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
08:25
BUF
Jochen Hecht (3) ASST: Jason Pominville (4), Henrik Tallinder (2)
2 - 2 Tie
11:12
BUF
Drew Stafford (2) ASST: Andrej Sekera (1)
3 - 2 BUF
17:00
BUF
SHG - Daniel Paille (2) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
06:06
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Interference against  Paul Gaustad
06:47
FLA
Brett McLean  Tripping against  Tim Connolly
08:53
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Holding against  Richard Zednik
15:20
BUF
Toni Lydman  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
2nd Period
01:11
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Tripping against  Ales Kotalik
02:19
FLA
Ville Peltonen  Hooking against  Maxim Afinogenov
07:54
BUF
Nathan Paetsch  Interference against  Brett McLean
15:47
BUF
Mike Weber  Holding against  Radek Dvorak
3rd Period
00:15
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hooking against  Bryan Allen
12:36
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking against  Jochen Hecht
13:42
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
15:44
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Holding against  Olli Jokinen
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 35TOI: 59:55
Saves: 33EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .943SH: 3 - 3
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 33TOI: 59:22
Saves: 29EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .879SH: 1 - 2
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