The Florida Panthers came into Buffalo on Tuesday night and proved why they are in first place in the Atlantic Division. Fans at the First Niagara Center were left disappointed once again as they watched the Sabres fall to the Panthers by a 7-4 score.
After falling behind 3-0, the Sabres never gave in. They battled all night and managed to beat Roberto Luongo four times, but it was Evander Kane who really got the crowd going.
Kane tallied a goal on the night, but he and Alex Petrovic made history by fighting each other three times. They became the first pair to fight three times in one game since Jody Shelley and Bob Probert did in 2002.
“We were down 3-0 there, and I thought I’d try to get the crowd back into it a little bit and kind of set the tone moving forward,” Kane said.
Kane is named after World Champion heavyweight Evander Holyfield and he lived up to that on Tuesday night. Kane’s father was also a boxer.
Whether you are for or against fighting in the NHL, the three scraps certainly created energy in the building. The fans were loving it, especially with Kane getting the upper hand in all three. Kane hadn’t had a fighting major all season.
“He’s a big boy. The first two didn’t go his way probably. Neither did the third.” – Evander Kane on three fights with Petrovic
Here are all three fights from last night: