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Saturday, 10.15.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sabres Fall to Florida

October 15, 2005
by Brian Wheeler

A costly hooking penalty on Jochen Hecht in the final two minutes of regulation opened the door for some last minute heroics by the Florida Panthers.

Florida center Olli Jokinen beat Ryan Miller for a power-play goal with a precision shot from a bad angle at 18:53 of the third period, elevating Florida to the 3-2 victory over Buffalo at the BankAtlantic Center on Saturday night.

"Ryan just misplayed it," stated Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff of the difference-maker. "That's a shot you would definitely want back, but we had several great chances in the third to put (Florida) away and we didn't."

Miller played well in his sixth start of the season for Buffalo, allowing just three goals off 42 Florida shots. The Sabres rookie goaltender has turned away 169 of 187 shots he has faced this season.

Roberto Luongo was equally impressive for the Panthers making 32 saves in the winning effort.

Falling behind 2-1 after Florida scored a pair of second-period goals by Nathan Horton and Martin Gelinas, Daniel Briere tied the game at 4:23 of the third with his second goal of the game.

Collecting a loose puck in front of Luongo, Briere fired a shot top shelf from about six feet out for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

"In the third, we just made better plays," stated Ruff. "We got pucks through, won some draws and had them chasing us."

Briere scored Buffalo's first goal of the night and his first of the game at 13:13 in the first, one-timing JP Dumont's pass from the slot past a sprawling Luongo.

Dumont finished the night with a pair of assists, while Jay McKee was credited with his first point of the season with an assist on Briere's second goal.

"I thought the first period we started kind of slow," said Ruff. "We ended up chasing a lot when we had no puck control."

For the third consecutive game, the Sabres' power play unit was held scoreless and has now failed to convert on the team's last 25 opportunities.

"Our power play actually gave us a lot of positive energy," stated Ruff. "We moved the puck well, got two or three scoring chances that were a lot better than in Tampa Bay.

"The guys made some nice plays but just didn't score."

Thomas Vanek led the Sabres with six shots on goal, while Toni Lydman again led all Buffalo skaters with over 20 minutes of ice time.

With the loss, Buffalo moves to 4-2-0 on the season and will next face the Boston Bruins on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM in Banknorth Garden.

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GAME BLOG:
Period 1
0-0 (7:30): Panthers have outshot the Sabres, 8-1, so far in the first period.

1-0 (13:13): JP Dumont passes up the open shot in the slot, instead choosing to slide the puck to Daniel Briere for the one-timer and his fourth goal of the season. Dumont's shot fake froze Roberto Luongo and left Briere with a wide open target. Dumont gets his second assist of 2005-06.

Period 2
1-1 (7:12): Buffalo gets caught in a line change and Florida ties the game. Nathan Horton receives a pass from Rostislav Olesz, carries the puck into Buffalo's zone and snaps a wrist shot from the left face-off circle past Ryan Miller just inside the left post. Olesz and Mike Van Ryn are credited with the assists.

1-2 (12:50): A shot from the point by Mike Van Ryn is tipped by Martin Gelinas and the Panthers have their first lead of the game. Ryan Miller was screened on the play by Gelinas and never saw the shot or tip. Van Ryn picked up Buffalo's clearing attempt at the blue line and just lofted a shot on net.

Period 3
2-2 (4:23): After a flurry of shots on Roberto Luongo, Daniel Briere fires a shot top shelf for his second goal of the night. Buffalo had six or seven quality chances just feet in front of Florida's net before Briere tied the game with just 14 minutes remaining in regulation. Jay McKee records his first assist of the season, while JP Dumont gets his third.

2-3 (18:53): Olli Jokinen catches Ryan Miller with a bad angle, giving Florida the lead with just 1:24 remaining in regulation. Mike Van Ryn and Lukas Krajicek pick up an assists on the play.


SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82