Final Score: Buffalo 2, Florida 1 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Boyes scored in regulation and notched
a fortunate goal in the shootout as the Florida Panthers edged the Buffalo
Sabres, 2-1, in an odd finish at First Niagara Center.
The Panthers had a potential go-ahead goal late in regulation denied due to a
quick whistle, and Jonathan Huberdeau had his chance in the second round of
the shootout waved off when, upon replay, it was ruled he pushed Sabres
goaltender Jhonas Enroth into the net as the puck crossed the goal line.
Boyes, though, finished off Florida's second win in three games in the next
round, as his wrister hit off the post, then bounced off the back of Enroth's
sweater for the deciding tally.
"He's one of the best in the league in shootouts .. I've got to give it to
him. Good shot," said Enroth of Boyes, who is 6-of-9 in shootout tries this
Tim Thomas stopped all three chances he faced in the shootout and finished
with 23 saves, and Enroth had his 34-save effort go for naught.
Jamie McBain scored the only goal in regulation for the Sabres, who had their
five-game home winning streak stopped.
The Sabres, after failing on two power-play chances in the first period,
opened the scoring 5:13 into the second. Matt D'Agostini sent a drop pass
along the boards to Steve Ott on an odd-man rush, and McBain took Ott's
centering feed and beat Thomas stick side with a wrister.
Thomas denied Brian Flynn on a breakaway minutes later, and Enroth kept the
Panthers off the board when he kicked his leg out and stuffed Sean Bergenheim
on a wraparound attempt in the closing minutes of the second.
Bergenheim was stopped again midway through the third, but Enroth lost his
stick on the play and was sprawled out on the ice when Tom Gilbert fired a
slap shot that was deflected into the back of the net by Boyes with 10:44
remaining in regulation.
The Panthers appeared to net the go-ahead goal less than four minutes later,
but a quick whistle due to an injury blew the play dead.
"The way we played we should have had two points...and we found a way," Boyes
Boyes ranks first among active skaters with 37 shootout goals ... Panthers
defenseman Brian Campbell played in his 800th career game ... The Sabres have
not won six straight in Buffalo since Jan. 17 to Feb. 15, 2007 ... Buffalo
fell to 5-2 in shootouts, while Florida improved to 6-5 ... The Sabres were
playing for the first time since last Saturday since their game on Tuesday
against Carolina was postponed due to hazardous weather conditions in the
Buffalo area ... Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers began a three-game suspension
stemming from an illegal check in Saturday's win over New Jersey ... Panthers
rookie Aleksander Barkov had his point streak end at six games.
01/10 01:45:02 ET
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