Florida 3, Buffalo 2

Saturday, March 17, 2012 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 33-29-4-6 18-11-3-5 15-18-1-1 L2
Florida 35-23-5-8 20-9-1-7 15-14-4-1 W4


PANTHERS 3, SABRES 2 (SO): Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov scored in the seventh round of the shootout as Florida picked up its fourth straight victory.

Mikael Samuelsson and John Madden scored and Jose Theodore made 24 saves - and six more in the shootout - for the Panthers, who moved five points ahead of the Washington Capitals in the Southeast Division. They also pulled to within two points of the Boston Bruins for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Returning after being sidelined with a knee injury, Kulikov skated in before using a hesitation move on Ryan Miller and going to the backhand for the tally. The Sabres had another chance but Theodore stopped Drew Stafford to clinch the win.

Florida did not get a shot on goal in the first period until Samuelsson knotted it at 1-1 on the power play with 2:45 left in the session. The Panthers struck again 38 seconds later on a breakaway, when Madden came up the left side and slowed at the circle, sending a wrist shot past Miller.

Derek Roy scored the tying goal in the second period on the power play, backhanding his 15th goal off a rebound.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Buffalo, which has collected a point in four straight games, is two points behind the Capitals for the No. 8 spot in the East. … The Panthers managed only one shot in the third period and four in the first. … Florida has four power-play goals in its last three games.

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   Florida
Tyler Ennis 1 Points John Madden 1
Tyler Ennis 1 Goals John Madden 1
Marcus Foligno 1 Assists Tomas Fleischmann 1
Derek Roy 1 Power Play Goals Mikael Samuelsson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ryan Miller .882 Save Percentage Jose Theodore .923
Ryan Miller 15 Saves Jose Theodore 24

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 26 2 1-3 1-2 14 28
Florida 17 3 1-2 2-3 16 28

Upcoming Games

  • Florida will play its next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Panthers have a W/L % of .471 after a win and .514 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Sabres have a W/L % of .424 after a win and .487 after a loss.
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