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Florida
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38-35-9

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game recap

Sabres 4, Panthers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 4, Panthers 2
Buffalo Sabres 4, Florida Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Drew Stafford and the Buffalo Sabres got the bounce they needed to beat the Florida Panthers.

Stafford's fluke goal with 8:48 left in the third period snapped a tie and helped the Sabres break a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory Friday night.

"We've had some tough bounces go against us," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We got one there. But we got rewarded for putting the puck on net."

Stafford scored when his wrist shot bounced off goalie Tomas Vokoun's blocker high into the air, then fell in behind Vokoun.

"We got a couple of lucky breaks at the end there, but I think we needed those," Stafford said. "We're happy. We're smiling. I'll take it. They don't ask how. The biggest thing for me is the team, we're getting a break like that."

Buffalo's Daniel Paille looked as though he might have tipped the puck, but the goal was awarded after video review.

"I didn't touch it. I know that," Paille said. "Obviously I was trying to hit it. I was thankful that I missed it. It was just the bounces went our way tonight."

It was a tough way to give up a winner for Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun.

"I lost sight of the puck and it ended up falling into the net," Vokoun said. It's a bad goal and a bad break, too. The deciding goal in the game. That's a tough way to lose a game."

There was nothing fluky about the insurance goal Paille scored with 3 minutes left. Killing a penalty, Paille stole the puck from defenseman Mike Van Ryn and beat Vokoun on a breakaway with a wrist shot.

"I thought Danny's play was fabulous," Ruff said. "He was a big part of the penalty killing tonight."

Ales Kotalik and Jochen Hecht also scored for the Sabres in their first victory on the road after an 0-3 start. Jason Pominville had two assists.

Jozef Stumpel and Ville Peltonen scored for the Panthers, who lost at home for the second time in five games.

"I think the major factor was the specialty teams," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "They got a power-play goal. They got a short-handed goal. That was the difference in the hockey game, but we didn't win enough battles in front of the net for rebounds. We've got to be better."

Ryan Miller stopped 33 shots for Buffalo, including a big pad save on a tip-in by Olli Jokinen with a little over 5 minutes left.

Vokoun made 29 saves.

Paille put the game away with a short-handed goal with 3 minutes left. He stole the puck from defenseman Mike Van Ryn and beat Vokoun on a breakaway with a wrist shot.

Florida led 2-1 after two periods before Hecht tied it at 8:25 when he one-timed a pass from Pominville from behind the net.

The Panthers had taken the 2-1 lead late in the first period when Peltonen one-timed a Buffalo clearing attempt.

Notes: The Panthers signed veteran D Jassen Cullimore and assigned him to Rochester of the AHL for a two-week conditioning stint. ... Jokinen was honored before the game after setting the franchise records for career points two nights earlier. ... Florida LW Rostislav Olesz was placed on the injured list after undergoing surgery on his right hand. ... Buffalo D Jaroslav Spacek missed his fourth consecutive game because of a shoulder injury. ... Florida D Steve Montador was used as a wing. ... Hecht's goal was the 300th point of his NHL career.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:45
FLA
Jozef Stumpel (2) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (3)
1 - 0 FLA
07:53
BUF
PPG - Ales Kotalik (2) ASST: Jason Pominville (3), Thomas Vanek (4)
1 - 1 Tie
19:15
FLA
Ville Peltonen (2) ASST: Stephen Weiss (6), Nathan Horton (4)
2 - 1 FLA
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
08:25
BUF
Jochen Hecht (3) ASST: Jason Pominville (4), Henrik Tallinder (2)
2 - 2 Tie
11:12
BUF
Drew Stafford (2) ASST: Andrej Sekera (1)
3 - 2 BUF
17:00
BUF
SHG - Daniel Paille (2) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
06:06
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Interference against  Paul Gaustad
06:47
FLA
Brett McLean  Tripping against  Tim Connolly
08:53
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Holding against  Richard Zednik
15:20
BUF
Toni Lydman  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
2nd Period
01:11
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Tripping against  Ales Kotalik
02:19
FLA
Ville Peltonen  Hooking against  Maxim Afinogenov
07:54
BUF
Nathan Paetsch  Interference against  Brett McLean
15:47
BUF
Mike Weber  Holding against  Radek Dvorak
3rd Period
00:15
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hooking against  Bryan Allen
12:36
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking against  Jochen Hecht
13:42
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
15:44
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Holding against  Olli Jokinen
goalie stats
Ryan Miller
SA: 35TOI: 59:55
Saves: 33EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .943SH: 3 - 3
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 33TOI: 59:22
Saves: 29EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .879SH: 1 - 2