Timely offense, sharp goaltending send Sabres past PanthersOct 26, 2013 - 3:32 AM
Rasmus Ristolainen supplied a second-period marker and Jhonas Enroth tied a career best with 44 saves for the Sabres, who won for just the second time in 12 outings this season (2-9-1).
Jesse Winchester provided the sole offense for the Panthers, who received 18 stops from Jacob Markstrom in their fifth loss in six contests.
Buffalo assumed the lead for good with 7:18 remaining in regulation. Christian Ehrhoff let a shot fly from the left point and Ott, providing an uncontested screen, was allowed to tip the go-ahead score past Markstrom.
The Panthers skated 6-on-5 for the last 71 seconds of the game, but Hodgson hit the empty net with 47 seconds to play.
Despite an 18-4 shot advantage to begin the contest, Florida's lone offense was generated on Winchester's redirection of a Bergenheim offering to finish off a 3-on-2 break and give the hosts a 1-0 lead with 6:02 left in the opening period.
Ristolainen's floater from the right point sailed through traffic cleanly and settled into the net on the far side with 6:28 remaining in the second.
"Ristolainen has a nice shot; he's got a good shot from the point," Buffalo head coach Ron Rolston said. "That was the difference tonight, as our offensive blueline work was better."
Enroth remained true on 16 second-period shots by Florida, then stopped 11 more in the final 20 minutes.
"The game was in doubt right until the final minute so I don't think we tightened up," Florida head coach Kevin Dineen said. "We continued to get scoring chances and the push was there. It's a hard loss for us."
Enroth made 44 stops in a 3-2 shootout loss against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 31, 2011 ... Buffalo featured four players who have yet to reach their 20th birthday in the lineup on Friday: Zemgus Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov and Rasmus Ristolainen ... The last time the Sabres dressed four teens in one game was in 1982-83 when Dave Andreychuk, Paul Cyr, Phil Housley and Hannu Virta skated for Hall of Fame head coach Scotty Bowman.
- BUFFALO: 3
Oct 25 10:02 PM
- Buffalo Goal - Cody Hodgson (4), at 19:13.
Sabres 3, Panthers 1 3rd - 0:47Oct 25 9:59 PM
- Buffalo Goal - Steve Ott, at 12:42.
Sabres 2, Panthers 1 3rd - 7:18Oct 25 9:49 PM
- BUFFALO: 1
End of 2nd
Oct 25 9:11 PM
- Buffalo Goal - Rasmus Ristolainen, at 13:32.
Sabres 1, Panthers 1 2nd - 6:28Oct 25 8:58 PM
- BUFFALO: 0
End of 1st
Oct 25 8:14 PM
- Florida Goal - Jesse Winchester (2), at 13:58.
Sabres 0, Panthers 1 1st - 6:02Oct 25 8:02 PM
- BUFFALO: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Oct 25 7:39 PM
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