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Thursday, 12.22.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Streaks Come To An End

December 22, 2005
by Brian Wheeler

The Buffalo Sabres' wild ride on the road came to an end in the Sunshine State.  With three goals in the second period, the Florida Panthers finished Buffalo's nine-game road winning streak and overall seven-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory on Thursday night in the BankAtlantic Center.

"I'm definitely disappointed but you have to take a look at the big picture," said Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. "We found a way to win a lot of games."

The loss was almost two months in the making as Buffalo hadn't suffered a defeat during regulation on the road since being beaten by the Ottawa Senators 6-1 on November 11.

"Our execution tonight wasn't very good," said Ruff.  "Our special teams gave up a shorthanded goal and we didn't get much momentum off our power play which really changed the flow of the game."

The Sabres fell one game short of tying the NHL record for most consecutive road wins which was set by Buffalo during the 1983-84 season and Martin Biron's string of 13 consecutive victories when starting in goal also came to an abrupt end.  Biron allowed four goals on 30 shots as he suffers his fifth loss of the season.

Maxim Afinogenov extended his scoring streak to three games with an assist on Thomas Vanek's goal in the third period. 

Both Biron and Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo stood strong in the first period, stopping a combined 19 shots as Florida outshot Buffalo 10-9 in the first.

Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead three minutes into the second after capitalizing on a concluding power play and a Sabres miscue.

Just as Tim Connolly's tripping penalty from the first period expired, Joe Nieuwendyk fed Jozef Stumpel on a two-on-one with an across-ice pass for the lead and Stumpel's third of the season.  Toni Lydman had left the crease to play the puck along the boards, leaving Jay McKee alone to defend against the two Panthers.

Less than two minutes later,   Rotislav Olesz muscled his way to the front of the net, collects Olli Jokinen's rebound and shovels the puck past Biron.  The Sabres goaltender turned the puck over in Buffalo's zone leading to the marker after trying to fire a pass along the boards instead of leaving the puck behind the net.

The Florida onslaught continued midway thru the second as a bouncing puck couldn't be controlled by Jason Pominville, springing Stumpel on a breakaway.  At the left face-off circle, Stumpel snapped a wristshot over Biron's glove for his second of the game, fourth of the season and just the third shorthanded goal for Florida.

Vanek made the score 3-1 redirecting Brian Campbell's slapshot from the right point on the power play with less than four minutes remaining in the second.

Olli Jokinen extended Florida's lead to three with a one-timer on the power play from the right point with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.
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SCORING REPORTS
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GAME BLOG:
Period 1
No Scoring

Period 2
0-1 (1:27): Just as Buffalo is coming off a penalty, Joe Nieuwendyk finds Jozef Stumpel on a two-on-one for the first goal of the game. Nieuwendyk slide the puck from the left wing underneath Jay McKee's stick. The goal is Stumpel's third of the season. Rotislav Olesz gets the secondary assist.

0-2 (3:17): Less than two minutes later, Rotislav Olesz collects Olli Jokinen's rebound in front of Martin Biron and shovels the puck across the goal line. The goal is Olesz's fifth of the season. Jokinen and Jozef Stumpel record the assists.

0-3 (11:56): A bouncing puck that Jason Pominville could not control at the blueline is collected by Josef Stumpel, who snaps a wristshot over the glove of Biron for a shorthanded goal. The tally is the second of the night for Stumpel, his fourth of the season and just the third shorthanded goal for Florida. Lukas Krajicek records the assist.

1-3 (16:49): Brian Campbell fires a shot from the right point that is tipped by Thomas Vanek. The goal is Vanek's eighth of the season and fourth on the power play. Campbell and Maxim Afinogenov gets the helpers.

Period 3
1-4 (15:38): On a two-man advantage, Olli Jokinen one-times a shot from the left point that beats Martin Biron low. The goal is Jokinen's 14th of the season. Stephen Weiss and Nathan Horton record the assists.
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Quotes courtesy of WGR 550-AM, the official radio partner of the Buffalo Sabres.

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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