SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) _ The Buffalo Sabres kept their playoff hopes barely
alive. The Florida Panthers are all but finished.
Miroslav Satan and Derek Roy both scored, helping the Sabres beat the
Panthers 2-1 Saturday night.
``We can't complain because we won,'' Satan said. ``We're four points out
with seven games to go. We have to win almost all of them. That's the way we're
looking at it.''
Martin Biron had 23 saves for the Sabres, who are clinging to playoff hopes
in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo won for the second time in six games to move
within four points of the eight-place New York Islanders with seven games
``We got ourselves in trouble with penalties,'' said Biron, who had to
defend against eight power plays. ``When they started coming hard, the other
guys responded. We had a lot of blocked shots in front and a lot of guys
hacking in the crease.
``Sometimes I threw my pads out there and hoped the puck would hit me.''
Vaclav Nedorost scored for Florida, which got 21 saves from Roberto Luongo.
``I thought Martin was fabulous for us in the last four or five minutes,''
Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. ``He made some big saves for us.''
The Panthers lost their second game in two nights as their playoff chances
became even slimmer. Florida is nine points behind the Islanders with seven
``I don't know what to tell you,'' Florida coach John Torchetti said.
``We're just going to keep on working and get better in all areas.''
Florida has had 25 penalties in the last three games.
``If somebody has a recipe to stay out of the box, please send it to me,''
The Panthers got within 2-1 at 1:41 of the second. Olli Jokinen passed to
Nedorost in front of the Sabres net and he one-timed a shot past Biron.
Buffalo went ahead 2-0 with 2:04 left in first period. Jeff Jillson's shot
from the right point was blocked by Luongo but the rebound went out to his
right. Luongo couldn't get over in time to stop Roy's shot into the open net.
The Sabres took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 6:29. Satan's slap shot
from about 10 feet inside the blue line went over Luongo's right shoulder. It
was Satan's 11th power-play goal of the season.
``We weren't able to win the last two games and they were the biggest games
of the year,'' Jokinen said. ``Penalties are going to kill your legs, and we
took stupid penalties.''