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Sabres 5, Panthers 3
– For the fourth game in a row, the Panthers jumped on the board first. The goal came from the hard work of the fourth line. They kept a clearing pass in and Jassen Cullimore’s shot from the blue line was deflected nicely by Brett McLean for his fifth goal of the season 9:31 into the contest. It was his first goal in 19 games.13.5
– The Panthers almost had the lead going into the intermission. Almost. For the second game in a row, the other team scored late in the period. Carolina scored with 12.5 seconds left in the second to take a 2-1 lead. This time Buffalo scored with 13.5 seconds left off some good fortune. Derek Roy’s shot hit Cullimore and pinching in, Craig Rivet put it into the wide open net for his second of the season.31
– Florida regained the lead as Richard Zednik netted his 16 goal of the season off a nice setup from Nathan Horton 14:55 into the middle period. The goal gave Zednik 31 points on the season, the most points he’s had since before the lockout. He had 30 points in 2005-06, 21 in 2006-07 and 30 last season. Zednik had 50 points during the 2003-04 season. It was his second goal in the last four games.19
– The Cats built a two-goal lead thanks to rookie sensation Michael Frolik. His shot from the right face-off circle hit a crowd in front and trickled past Mikael Tellqvist for his 19th of the season 6:14 into the third period. The goal moved Frolik into a tie for fourth place in goals for rookies with Patrik Berglund (Saint Louis).2
– Picking up the first assist on Frolik’s goal, McLean registed just his second multi-point night of the season. McLean had two assists in a 6-2 win over Washington on March 1st, 11 games ago.127
– What a turn in events. After holding a two goal lead early in the third, Florida lost control of the game as Buffalo scored three times in a matter of 127 seconds. Jason Pominville scored to bring the Sabres to within 3-2 6:14 into the third, Clarke MacArthur tied it off a rush 7:05 in and Tim Connolly was credited with the goal at the 8:21 mark to give them their first lead of the game.21
– Down 2-1 after two, the Sabres turned it up on the Panthers, putting 20 shots on Tomas Vokoun as they controlled play for the majority of the final 20 minutes. They also had an empty net goal, thanks to Maxim Afinogenov. The four goals on 21 shots gave them a 19% shooting percentage in that period alone. Buffalo has 12 shots on goal in each of the first two periods.9
– Rivet got the Sabres on the board in the first and then Connolly gave them the lead in the third thanks to the power play. They finished the game 2 for 5 on the man advantage in the game. It was the ninth time that the Cats gave up two or more power play goals in the game this season. The last time they allowed multiple power play goals was 23 games ago, against the Islanders (February 5th).3
– Not good at all. The Panthers, so dominate when leading into the third period and even when having a two-goal lead early in the season, lost for the third time in the last eight games when holding a two-goal lead at one point in the game. They lost 4-3 in shootouts to Pittsburgh (March 10th) and Tampa Bay (March 14th) after holding 3-1 leads.1
– With the nine goals, one would expect a lot of plus/minuses to be handed out. That was the case, but as a team, Florida finished at only a minus-1 while the Sabres finished at 0.11
– Another frightening stat to come out of this game as the Panthers struggles continue in the third period. Florida has been outscored 14-3 (-11 differential) in the last eight games (1-4-3). The third is the Panthers worst period this season as they are now outscored 73-58 (-15 differential). The Cats have outscored their opponents by six in the first and five in the second. The third was also the worst period for the Sabres coming into the game, being outscored by 11 before a plus-3 against Florida.