NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Florida
(Wednesday, January 30th)
Final Score: Buffalo 1, Florida 0
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Ryan Miller stood tall between the pipes, stopping 32 shots to record his second shutout of the season and sixth of his career, as the Buffalo Sabres blanked the Florida Panthers, 1-0, at the BankAtlantic Center.
Thomas Vanek scored the only goal for the Sabres, who have won three straight to improve to 3-2-0 on their season-long seven-game road trip which continues Friday in Atlanta.
"It felt nice," said Vanek, referring to the lone tally. "I mean I've had 20 of those (scoring chances) already this year and that's the first one I got in. So, it was nice but, like I said, I'm more worried about winning. That's three in a row and we'll go for four in Atlanta."
Tomas Vokoun stopped 40-of-41 shots for the Panthers, who have dropped two straight and six of eight overall. Florida played its 29th one-goal game of the season, falling to 13-11-5.
The Panthers, though in fourth place, remain just five points back of idle Carolina for first place in the Southeast Division.
In the dying seconds of the first period, Florida's Richard Zednik was sent to the penalty box for a holding the stick infraction. The power play carried over to the middle frame, where the Sabres took full advantage.
Vokoun stopped Jason Pominville's blast from the point, but Vanek scooped up the rebound and deposited the puck in the back of the net 40 seconds into the frame.
The Panthers generated 10 shots in the third period, and even pulled Vokoun in favor of an extra skater in the final minute, but still couldn't solve Miller.
"It was there for us to have, we just couldn't get anything in the net," said Florida center Stephen Weiss, who played the 300th game of his NHL career. "The chances were there."
The Sabres three-game win streak follows a stretch that saw the club lose 12 of 13...Florida's Jozef Stumpel returned to the lineup after the left winger missed the previous seven games due to a shoulder injury...Florida captain Olli Jokinen missed the last two periods because of flu-like symptoms...Buffalo's Drew Stafford left the game with a right ankle injury...The Panthers wrap up a four-game homestand on Friday against Vancouver.
01/30 23:06:47 ET