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NHL Game Summary - Florida at Buffalo



(Wednesday, February 18th)

Final Score: Florida 1, Buffalo 1

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo made 22 of his 41 saves in the second period to help Florida salvage a 1-1 tie with Buffalo at HSBC Arena.

Marcus Nilson scored for the Panthers, who are winless in their last three (0-2-1).

"[Luongo] gives us a chance to win every night," Nilson said.

Eric Boulton notched his first goal of the season for the Sabres, who are unbeaten in their last five (4-0-1) and failed on seven power-play opportunities. Mika Noronen made 22 saves.

After turning away 10-of-11 shots in the first period, Luongo held off an offensive outburst in the second by Buffalo. The Sabres also had four power plays in the second, but failed to beat the netminder on 22 shots.

Noronen faced just three Florida shots in the period.

Midway through the third period, Florida forged a 1-1 tie. Nilson converted on a high wrist shot on a scrum in front of the crease at 9:33 of the third.

Less than a minute earlier, Luongo dove to stop a backhand shot by Sabres center Daniel Briere.

"[Luongo] played well," Briere said. "The puck didn't want to go in for us."

The Panthers controlled play in the third, holding a 9-5 shots edge. In overtime, Luongo turned aside both shots he faced. Noronen stopped five Florida shots.

Boulton's tally, off the rebound of his own shot, put the Sabres ahead 1-0 at 4:17 of the first period. His initial shot, from the left faceoff circle, was stopped by Luongo. Boulton gathered the puck below the goal line and flipped a shot off the back of the goaltender's leg into the net.

Buffalo dominated the first period, going on three power plays and holding an 11-6 shots advantage.

Just over five minutes into the second period, a shot by Buffalo center Chris Drury hit the right post. Then Luongo used his stick to stop a shot by Ales Kotalik toward an otherwise open net.

Game Notes

Adam Mair and Brian Campbell both had an assist for the Sabres. Campbell has four assists in his last three games...Luongo is 2-5-2 in his last nine games...The Panthers are 2-7-2 in their last 11 road games...Buffalo is 3-1-2 in the last six meetings in the series.

02/19 01:09:21 ET


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