Final
  for this game

Sabres face pesky Panthers, aim for third straight win

Dec 14, 2006 - 3:12 PM
Florida (10-17-6) at Buffalo (23-5-2) 7:00 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The Buffalo Sabres have been a juggernaut this season, but not against the Florida Panthers.

The first-place Sabres will host the Panthers on Thursday in the third meeting between the teams this season.

Both members of the Eastern Conference, the teams could not be farther apart. Florida is 14th in a 15-team conference, while Buffalo leads with 23 wins and 48 points.

However, the teams have split their two contests this season. On November 10, Thomas Vanek's goal in overtime lifted the Sabres to a 5-4 victory. Less than a month later, the Panthers were able to avenge the loss with a 3-1 victory in Florida on December 7.

Daniel Briere set up three goals on odd-man rushes and Ryan Miller came within 40 seconds of his second shutout of the season as the Sabres halted New Jersey's five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday. Buffalo has won two straight.

Nathan Horton netted his ninth goal, Drew Larman collected his second and Alex Auld stopped 31 shots for the Panthers in a 5-4 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday. Florida has dropped nine of its last 11 contests.

Buffalo is 17-6-3 at home all-time vs. the Panthers.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 0 1 0 1
    BUFFALO 0 1 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 18 (DEREK ROY, MAXIM AFINOGENOV) 4:20
    FLA - JOZEF STUMPEL 7 (ROSTISLAV OLESZ) 7:02
    3RD PRD: BUF - (PP) MAXIM AFINOGENOV 14 (CHRIS DRURY, DANIEL BRIERE)
    1:19
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: FL

    Dec 14 9:31 PM


  • NHL
    FLORIDA 1
    BUFFALO 2
    3RD PRD: BUF - (PP) MAXIM AFINOGENOV 14 (CHRIS DRURY, DANIEL BRIERE)
    1:19 (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Panthers vs. SabresDec 14 9:00 PM


  • CORRECTION
    NHL END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 0 1 1
    BUFFALO 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 18 (DEREK ROY, MAXIM AFINOGENOV) 4:20
    FLA - JOZEF STUMPEL 7 (ROSTISLAV OLESZ) 7:02
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLA 10

    Dec 14 8:48 PM


  • NHL
    FLORIDA 1
    BUFFALO 1
    2ND PRD: FLA - JOZEF STUMPEL 7 (ROSTISLAV OLESZ) 7:02

    Panthers vs. SabresDec 14 8:15 PM


  • NHL
    FLORIDA 0
    BUFFALO 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 18 (DEREK ROY, MAXIM AFINOGENOV) 4:20

    Panthers vs. SabresDec 14 8:10 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 0 0
    BUFFALO 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLA 10 10
    BUF 7 7
    GOALIES: FLA - ED BELFOUR
    BUF - RYAN MILLER

    Dec 14 7:46 PM