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Panthers Fall To Sabres 5-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Panthers Fall To Sabres 5-2
Buffalo Sabres 5, Florida Panthers 2
By Dave Joseph for floridapanthers.com
 
SUNRISE – There are no easy answers following this game for the Panthers.
            
Despite all the hope offered by Friday’s 4-2 victory over the Flyers – despite the promise of getting off to a fast start this season – the Panthers spontaneously combusted Wednesday evening at BankAtlantic Center.
 
Blink and you missed it.
 
Less than two minutes into their game against the Sabres, the Panthers were down 2-0 and had pulled starting goalie Scott Clemmensen. Less than five minutes into the game, they were down 3-0 and had been outshot 10-1. By the time the first 20 minutes were over, the Panthers had allowed five goals and were on their way to a 5-2 loss.
 
“We weren’t ready,” said coach Peter DeBoer. “And that’s inexcusable.”
 
The Panthers, who fell to 2-5, will have to correct things quickly since they leave Thursday for games Friday in Pittsburgh against the Stanley Cup champion Penguins and Saturday in Philadelphia against the Flyers.
 
“I don’t know what happened at the start,” said forward David Booth. “You can’t get off to that kind of start against teams in this league.”
 
After scoring two goals Friday against the Flyers by creating traffic in the front of the net and getting second chances, the Panthers made it too easy on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller despite taking a season-high 43 shots on goal. Miller had a clear view of most of the Panthers shots and there were very few rebounds by Panther players driving to the net.

 

 
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Tonight’s Mayors Jewelers Three Star Selections of the Game are:
 
1st: Jason Pominville
2nd: Ryan Miller
3rd: Henrik Tallinder
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DeBoer, clearly unhappy, benched defenseman Keith Ballard in the second period and played forward Kamil Kreps only 1:28 in the first period.
 
Incredibly, the Panthers had a huge chance to crawl out of the wreckage at 7:31 of the opening period when they had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:02. But they couldn’t win the face-off in the Sabres end and managed only a single shot during the two-man advantage. The Panthers had five consecutive power plays but couldn’t capitalize and finished the night 1-for-7 with the man advantage.
 
“We had chances to get back into the game,” Booth said. “We have to generate chances. Our goals have to come from the crease and by tip-ins and getting to the net.”

For the Panthers, slow starts are becoming a bad habit. They’ve now been outscored in the first period 11-2 by their opponents.
 
“It’s frustrating,” DeBoer said. “We talked in our pre-game meeting about Buffalo having a good first period. They didn’t in Atlanta (Saturday) and paid the price for it with a loss. We knew what to expect. We went in eyes wide open.”
 
Clemmensen, who stopped 25 of 27 shots when beating the Flyers, admitted he had never been pulled faster from a game, getting called to the bench after allowing two goals on three shots in the opening 1:56. Tomas Vokoun stopped 10 of 13 shots the remainder of the first period. The Sabres have now chased starting goalies in three of their past four games, but DeBoer didn’t throw the blame at Clemmensen for the poor start.
 
“We needed a spark,” he said. “We weren’t ready to play. I tried to shock them into getting themselves back into the game. Sometimes those things work, sometimes they don’t. Obviously, it didn’t tonight.
 
“A lot of this game is will. They out-willed us tonight.”

NOTES
The Sabres are 9-2 in their last 11 games against the Panthers…Vokoun stopped 30 of 33 shots in relief of Clemmensen…Steve Reinprecht scored his second goal in as many games for the Panthers while Rostislav Olesz added a goal with 2:13 remaining in the game…Reinprecht had five shots on goal…After getting a matching unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with Patrick Kaleta, Nathan Horton picked up a 10-minute misconduct when he went after Kaleta when leaving the penalty box at 15:05…

scoring summary
1st Period
01:11
BUF
Michael Grier (2) ASST: Tim Kennedy (2), Jochen Hecht (1)
1 - 0 BUF
01:56
BUF
PPG - Jason Pominville (2) ASST: Tim Connolly (4), Chris Butler (3)
2 - 0 BUF
04:37
BUF
Matt Ellis (1) ASST: Patrick Kaleta (2), Henrik Tallinder (2)
3 - 0 BUF
10:20
BUF
Tyler Myers (2) ASST: Henrik Tallinder (3), Derek Roy (6)
4 - 0 BUF
14:11
FLA
Steve Reinprecht (2) ASST: Michael Frolik (3), Rostislav Olesz (2)
4 - 1 BUF
16:48
BUF
Thomas Vanek (4) ASST: Drew Stafford (2), Steve Montador (1)
5 - 1 BUF
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
17:47
FLA
PPG - Rostislav Olesz (2) ASST: David Booth (1), Ville Koistinen (2)
5 - 2 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
01:27
FLA
Kamil Kreps  Hooking against  Patrick Kaleta
06:33
BUF
Steve Montador  Interference against  Steve Reinprecht
07:31
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Hooking against  David Booth
14:22
BUF
Tim Kennedy  Interference against  Rostislav Olesz
17:38
BUF
Jason Pominville  Tripping against  Bryan McCabe
2nd Period
07:05
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Hooking against  Michael Frolik
11:19
FLA
Dmitry Kulikov  Interference against  Tim Connolly
13:29
FLA
Jordan Leopold  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
12:59
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Unsportsmanlike conduct
12:59
FLA
Nathan Horton  Unsportsmanlike conduct
15:05
FLA
Nathan Horton  Roughing against  Clarke MacArthur
15:05
FLA
Nathan Horton  Roughing against  Clarke MacArthur
15:05
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Roughing against  Nathan Horton
15:05
FLA
Nathan Horton  Misconduct (10 min)
15:19
BUF
Clarke MacArthur  Interference against  Dominic Moore
15:19
BUF
Clarke MacArthur  Unsportsmanlike conduct
15:19
BUF
Clarke MacArthur  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
5-0-1
SA: 43TOI: 60:00
Saves: 41EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .953SH: 2 - 2
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 33TOI: 57:52
Saves: 30EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
Scott Clemmensen
SA: 3TOI: 1:56
Saves: 1EV: 0 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .333SH: 0 - 0