The Florida Panthers went into Buffalo seeking their 6th win of the season after coming off a heartbreaking loss in Ottawa. In their previous meeting, the Florida Panthers were shutout 3-0 in South Florida.
Marcel Goc opened the game up 6:48 into the 2nd period for his 2nd goal of the season with the assists going to Scottie Upshall and Tomas Kopecky. Goc managed to squeek it by Buffalo Sabres goalkeeper Ryan Miller. Tomas Vanek then scored with a wrap around goal on Jose Theodore for his 8th goal of the season with assists going to Luke Adam and Tyler Myers. Ending the 2nd period, 1-1.
Jason Pominville scored 12:53 into the 3rd period on the power-play with assists going to Brad Boyes and Christian Ehrhoff. Marco Sturm was then given a 10 minute misconduct and a 5 minute boarding penalty on Jordan Leopold.Luckily for the Panthers, Drew Stafford was also awarded a 2 minute roughing penalty for pushing Marco Sturm down to the ice.
The Florida Panthers would counter quickly and score with 3:58 remaining in the 3rd period, with the goal going to Tomas Fleischmann along with Jason Garrison and Tomas Kopecky getting the assists. This was Tomas Kopecky’s 100th career point.
But the Florida Panthers weren’t done, Jason Garrison fired a shot right over Ryan Millers blocker side and put the Panthers up for good giving them a 3-2 lead with only 1:33 remaining, the assists went to Brian Campbell and once again Tomas Kopecky.
Jose Theodore ended with 24 saves and was tagged with the win, while Ryan Miller is tagged with the loss.
The Florida Panthers bounced back nicely and head home for a Monday night game against the Winnipeg Jets.
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