Florida Panthers 3, Buffalo Sabres 2, Shootout Final

The Sabres visit Sunrise as part of the Eastern Conference playoff fringe. Can the Florida Panthers get the three-game winning streak monkey off their backs and nail down win number four?

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Florida Panthers 3, Buffalo Sabres 2, Shootout Final

First Period:

It didn’t take Buffalo long to stake a claim on the lead, opening the scoring at the 1:15 mark when Tyler Ennis (11) beat Jose Theodore between the pads on a feed from Drew Stafford. Marcus Foligno was awarded the secondary assist on the play.

Kris Versteeg didn’t wait to make his mark on his first game back since missing his last nine due to injury, dropping the gloves to square off with Christian Ehrhoff in the Florida zone. Both were assessed five-minutes for fighting at the three minute mark.

Tomas Fleischmann was assessed a two minute minor at the 9:59 mark after losing an edge and accidentally dropping Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller. Fleischmann went to the dressing room and Wojtek Wolski served his time in the box.

Just 30 seconds into a lazy Buffalo power play, Christian Ehrhoff returned to the box for tripping John Madden. The teams would skate four on four as neither team gained a clear advantage before Florida enjoyed a short power play.

Buffalo had the Panthers hemmed in their own zone, peppering Theodore with three shots inside 10 seconds at the five minute mark.

Soon after, Florida would enjoy their first full two minute power play of the night as Alexander Sulzer broke Wolski’s stick with a slash. On the ensuing action, Florida kept the puck in the offensive zone for most of the time, setting up a perfect shot as Mikael Samuelsson (11) beat Miller on a wrister. Tomas Fleischmann and Stephen Weiss earned the helpers on the play.

Two minutes later, John Madden (2) scored his second goal in as many nights after not getting on the scoresheet for nearly a full year, sliding an easy shot between Miller’s pads for a Panther’s 2-1 lead. Ed Jovanovski and Erik Gudbranson earned assists on the goal.

Second Period:

John Madden and Jerred Smithson nearly doubled the Panther’s lead at the two minute mark on a two-on-one breakout, but Miller turned it aside.

Shawn Matthias and Mike Weber got into a fight after Weber ran over Tomas Kopecky heading into the Buffalo zone. Matthias was assessed a two minute minor for fighting, and Derek Roy (15) scored 30 seconds into the ensuing power play with an assist from Buffalo’s leading scorer Jason Pominville.

Jerred Smithson was called for tripping Christian Ehrhoff at the 14:20 mark, giving the Sabres their second power play of the period. The Panthers refused to let Buffalo get set, clearing the puck out five times and only allowing one shot, to Ehrhoff, near the end of the penalty.

Third Period:

Buffalo controlled play throughout the third period, as Florida only had one decent scoring chance when Mikael Samuelsson whiffed on a wide open net with two minutes remaining in regulation. The teams played on. Buffalo totalled four shots through the third, while the Panthers had only one.

Overtime:

The four-on-four action featured a lot of skating up and down the ice for both teams with no interruptions in play, neither team managed a single shot on goal for the entire five minutes. A shootout would be needed to settle the score (literally).

Shootout:

First: John Madden held on to the puck too long, as Miller stayed with it for a late kicksave.

Thomas Vanek tried to go five-hole on Theodore, but was easily pad saved.

Second: Wojtek Wolski beat Miller with a hard wrister stick side.

Tyler Ennis went high over Theodore’s glove side to tie it at one.

Third: Samuelsson shot too early, and was kick saved by Miller.

Jason Pominville was stuffed trying to go low on Theodore.

Fourth: Stephen Weiss went with a late backhand, stuffed by Miller.

Cody Hodgson missed the net wide.

Fifth: Marcel Goc went wide left on the net.

Brad Boyes beat Theodore, but missed off the crossbar.

Sixth: Sean Bergenheim was kick saved by Miller.

Derek Roy tried to go five hole, but Theodore closed up for the save.

Seventh: Dmitry Kulikov scored over Miller’s glove side to pull ahead.

Trying to avoid elimination, Drew Stafford was pad saved.

Hits: Panthers 40-31, (Corey Tropp led the Sabres with five, Jason Garrison, Dmitry Kulikov and Mike Weaver had five each for Florida)

Blocked Shots:
Sabres 16-13 (Justin Leopold had three blocks to lead the Sabres, Brian Campbell and Erik Gudbranson led Florida with three apiece)

Faceoffs: Tied, 28-28 (Stephen Weiss won 12-of-20 for the Cats, Derek Roy won 12-of-21 for the Sabres)

Shots on goal: Sabres 26-17 (Drew Stafford led Buffalo with four, John Madden and Mikael Samuelsson, three each for the Panthers)

Score: Florida 3, Buffalo 2

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Florida Panthers 2, Buffalo Sabres 2, End Of Second Period

John Madden and Jerred Smithson nearly doubled the Panther’s lead at the two minute mark on a two-on-one breakout, but Miller turned it aside.

Shawn Matthias and Mike Weber got into a fight after Weber ran over Tomas Kopecky heading into the Buffalo zone. Matthias was assessed a two minute minor for fighting, and Derek Roy (15) scored 30 seconds into the ensuing power play with an assist from Buffalo’s leading scorer Jason Pominville.

Jerred Smithson was called for tripping Christian Ehrhoff at the 14:20 mark, giving the Sabres their second power play of the period. The Panthers refused to let Buffalo get set, clearing the puck out five times and only allowing one shot, to Ehrhoff, near the end of the penalty.

Hits: Panthers 26-22, (Patrick Kaleta and Corey Tropp had three each for the Sabres, Mike Weaver had five for Florida)

Blocked Shots:
Sabres 10-9 (Derek Roy, Alexander Sulzer and Justin Leopold had two blocks to lead the Sabres, Erik Gudbranson led Florida with three)

Faceoffs: Sabres 22-20 (Stephen Weiss has seven-of-12 for the Cats, Derek Roy has won nine-of-13 for the Sabres)

Shots on goal:
Sabres 22-16 (Drew Stafford leads Buffalo with four, John Madden and Mikael Samuelsson, three each for the Panthers)

Score: Florida 2, Buffalo 2

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Florida Panthers 2, Buffalo Sabres 1, End Of First

It didn't take Buffalo long to stake a claim on the lead, opening the scoring at the 1:15 mark when Tyler Ennis (11) beat Jose Theodore between the pads on a feed from Drew Stafford. Marcus Foligno was awarded the secondary assist on the play.

Kris Versteeg didn't wait to make his mark on his first game back since missing his last nine due to injury, dropping the gloves to square off with Christian Ehrhoff in the Florida zone. Both were assessed five-minutes for fighting at the three minute mark.

Tomas Fleischmann was assessed a two minute minor at the 9:59 mark after losing an edge and accidentally dropping Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller. Fleischmann went to the dressing room and Wojtek Wolski served his time in the box.

Just 30 seconds into a lazy Buffalo power play, Christian Ehrhoff returned to the box for tripping John Madden. The teams would skate four on four as neither team gained a clear advantage before Florida enjoyed a short power play.

Buffalo had the Panthers hemmed in their own zone, peppering Theodore with three shots inside 10 seconds at the five minute mark.

Soon after, Florida would enjoy their first full two minute power play of the night as Alexander Sulzer broke Wolski's stick with a slash. On the ensuing action, Florida kept the puck in the offensive zone for most of the time, setting up a perfect shot as Mikael Samuelsson (11) beat Miller on a wrister. Tomas Fleischmann and Stephen Weiss earned the helpers on the play.

Two minutes later, John Madden (2) scored his second goal in as many nights after not getting on the scoresheet for nearly a full year, sliding an easy shot between Miller's pads for a Panther's 2-1 lead. Ed Jovanovski and Erik Gudbranson earned assists on the goal.

Hits: Sabres 13-12, (Four Sabres and three Panthers each had two hits)

Blocked Shots: Sabres 7-3 (Derek Roy and Justin Leopold had two blocks to lead the Sabres, as did Gudbranson for the Panthers)

Faceoffs: Panthers 9-7 (Marcel Goc has won three-of-seven so far, Tyler Ennis has one-of-six for the Sabres)

Shots on goal: Sabres 10-4 (Drew Stafford leads Buffalo with three, noone has more than one shot for the Panthers)

Score: Florida 2, Buffalo 1

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Buffalo Sabres Visit Florida Panthers: Injury Report And Starting Lineup


Florida Panthers:

Injuries:

Matt Bradley and Jack Skille are both likely out for the rest of the season. Scottie Upshall is nearing return after having spent most of the season recovering first from a hip injury then later a sports hernia. Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and forward Kris Versteeg will both be on the ice for tonight's matchup.

Starting Lineup:

Forwards:

Tomas Fleischmann - Stephen Weiss - Wojtek Wolski

Sean Bergenheim - Marcel Goc - Mikael Samuelsson

Tomas Kopecky - Shawn Matthias - Kris Versteeg

Krys Barch - John Madden - Jerred Smithson

Defensemen:

Jason Garrison - Brian Campbell

Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver

Ed Jovanovski - Erik Gudbranson

Goalie:

Jose Theodore is probable, but currently unconfirmed in net for the Panthers tonight.

Buffalo Sabres:

Injuries:

Buffalo Sabres Injuries

Questionable

PlayerInjury TypeInjury Date
Andrej Sekera pneumonia 03/15/2012
Nathan Gerbe other-excused 03/15/2012

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

PlayerInjury TypeInjury Date
Jochen Hecht concussion 01/22/2012


Starting Lineup:

Forwards:

Corey Tropp - Derek Roy - Jason Pominville

Ville Leino - Cody Hodgson - Thomas Vanek

Marcus Foligno - Tyler Ennis - Drew Stafford

Cody McCormick - Brad Boyes - Patrick Kaleta

Defensemen:

Christian Ehrhoff - Alexander Sulzer

Jordan Leopold - Brayden McNabb

Mike Weber - Robyn Regehr

Goalie:

Ryan Miller is the probable starter for the Sabres tonight, but has yet to be confirmed.

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Buffalo Sabres Visit Florida Panthers: Facts And Figures

Common Thread:

Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold played 61 games for the Panthers in 2009-10, scoring seven goals and 11 assists with a minus-seven rating and 22 penalty minutes.

Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell played in 391 games over eight seasons for the Sabres, scoring 32 goals and 144 assists with a minus-seven rating and 113 penalty minutes.

Panthers forward Tim Kennedy played in 79 games over two seasons for the Sabres, scoring 10 goals and 16 assists with a minus-three rating and 50 penalty minutes.
Florida Panthers Milestones:
Games:
Shawn Matthias will tie Steve Montador in 41st all-time with his 196th game played tonight.
Goals:
Kris Versteeg, Jason Garrison, and Tomas Fleischmann are tied in 48th all-time with 22 each. Dave Gagner is in 47th with 24. Shawn Matthias will move past Mike Van Ryn with his next goal, into 45th all-time with 26. Mike Santorelli will move into a tie with Niklas Hagman in 37th all-time with his next goal, number 30. Ed Jovanovski will move into 32nd with his next goal, number 32, with Richard Zednik. Stephen Weiss will tie Nathan Horton in fourth all-time with his next goal, number 142.
Assists:
Brian Campbell will move into a tie with Ivan Novoseltsev in 44th all-time with his 44th assist. Dmitry Kulikov will move into a tie for 34th all-time with Martin Gelinas with his 54th assist.
Florida Panthers Leaders:
Games:
Mike Weaver, Brian Campbell, Tomas Fleischmann - 70
Goals:
Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann - 22
Stephen Weiss - 17
Assists:
Brian Campbell - 43
Stephen Weiss - 33
Tomas Fleischmann - 29
Points:
Tomas Fleischmann - 51
Stephen Weiss - 50
Kris Versteeg - 49
Brian Campbell - 47
Plus/Minus:
Jason Garrison - plus-10
Stephen Weiss - plus-7
Marcel Goc - plus-5
Point Shares:
Jason Garrison - 7.6
Brian Campbell - 7.4
Kris Versteeg - 6.2
Tomas Fleischmann - 5.8
Stephen Weiss - 5.6
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Buffalo Sabres Visit Florida Panthers: Game 71 Preview

The Sabres visit Sunrise as part of the Eastern Conference playoff fringe. Can the Florida Panthers get the three-game winning streak monkey off their backs and nail down win number four?

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