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Sabres hold on for 3-2 win

Buffalo able to edge Panthers for second straight win

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On a day when many Buffalo fans may have been more eager about the Bills playoff game, the Sabres put together a great performance on “90’s day.”

The Sabres came out with a spark of energy after a great opening ceremony and ended up with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday afternoon at KeyBank Center.



It seemed like the Sabres were able to build off the momentum from Thursday’s overtime win against Edmonton.

The Sabres were being outshot, 20-13, through two periods, but they held a three-goal lead. But they sat on it in the third period. It almost backfired completely.

Florida was the better team in the final period, and they just failed to tie it up in the final seconds.

Per.TimeEVGoalAssistAssist
21:55Tomas Nosek (6)Chandler Stephenson (7)Shea Theodore (21)
26:32PPGKyle Okposo (5)Sam Reinhart (22)Conor Sheary (9)
219:41PPGSam Reinhart (16)Rasmus Ristolainen (17)Jack Eichel (33)
31:43PPGReilly Smith (19)Shea Theodore (22)William Karlsson (24)
37:57Jack Eichel (28)Sam Reinhart (23)Colin Miller (6)
319:35ENCurtis Lazar (4)------

Evengii Dadonov narrowed Buffalo’s lead to one with 1:10 remaining in the third.

The Panthers got themselves back into the game with a goal midway through the third from Mike Matheson. Buffalo found themselves playing in their own zone more often than not in the third period, but they managed to hang on for the win.

Henri Jokiharju opened the scoring with this great play, set up by Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel:

Conor Sheary and Sam Reinhart scored the other Buffalo goals.

Sheary played one of his best games as a Sabre and had numerous scoring chances throughout.

After the third Buffalo goal, Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled from the game after stopping just four of seven shots. Chris Dredger came on in relief and stopped all 11 shots he faced, helping Florida turn the game around.

At the other end, Linus Ullmark was strong in goal, including making a great save on a short-handed breakaway. He stopped 27 of 29 shots for the win and has been the better goaltender of late.

“With a couple of days off, it’s really important to keep that good feeling going.” – Reinhart

After four consecutive regulation losses, the Sabres have put together back-to-back wins. Up next, the Sabres head to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the St. Louis Blues. That game isn’t until Thursday, so the Sabres have some time to prepare for that one.



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