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Panthers Wrap-Up: Sabres 3, Panthers 0

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
SABRES 0 2 1 0 3
FLA - None

TBL - T. Vanek (5), J. Pominville (2), PPG - T. Vanek (6)
SUNRISE, FLA (AP) - Thomas Vanek scored two goals, and Ryan Miller made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season in the Buffalo Sabres' 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Jason Pominville added a goal and an assist for the Sabres.

"If we don't work harder than other team we're not going to have a chance. We need to address some of our system. I don't like the way we responded. That's six periods in a row.'"

- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen on the Panthers offense the last two games.
1. Looking For Offense: It's hard to fathom that just three days ago the Panthers had posted seven against Tampa Bay, especially since they have failed to find the back of the net in the last six periods. After posting just 20 shots against Washington on Tuesday, Florida came back with 22 more against Ryan Miller and the Sabres, making for a relatively easy night for the away team. A lot of the shots were one and done as the defense cleared the puck.

2. One-Two Knockout: Buffalo's stars led the way as alternate captain and sniper Tomas Vanek and captain Jason Pominville led the way, combining for five points on the night. Vanek posted two goals (the first and third goals) while Pominville had a hand in all three, including the Buffalo's second and picking up the first assist on Vanek's goals. Their line, along with rookie Luke Adam was buzzing all night..

3. Theodore Still Strong: Head coach Kevin Dineen made reference to him in his post-game scrum and Jose Theodore was Florida's best player out there. He had no shot on Vanek's second period goal (redirection that bounced) and Pominville's goal later was set up for an easy tap in on a two-on-one in front of the net with Ville Leino. Vanek's third period goal was a top corner snipe. Theodore stopped 35 shots on the night but couldn't get the offensive help.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@exitghost: Aaaand the #FLAPanthers game isn't going too well either. Double dose of Tintin tonight.

@burninnspear: Cant create any #momentum #FlaPanthers

@rinkside: Not a lot may be going the #FlaPanthers way tonight, but they are not backing down.

@PeggySunshyne: 35 saves tonight but we still lost 0-3 to Sabres. Next #FlaPanthers game is Saturday. Hoping for a win!!.
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Kyle Pehlke: ‎7 goals one game. 0 goals two games. Not good.

Garrett Thompson: I am a Bolts fan but Ryan Miller is crushing everyone. Dont hang ur heads on it!

Alejandro Araya: We need to get our act together before Saturday, let's go Cats.

Adam Hernandez: I will always love the panthers i have through thick and thin, tonight the guys out there were not the same that crushed the islanders and the lightning. they weren't hungry they weren't emotional I will always back my cats but they need to pick their game up we still have alot of season to play dineen needs to light a fire under these guys.

1. Center Bracken Kearns finally got to make his NHL debut. Kearns became the second oldest Panther to make their NHL debut at 30 years, five months and eight days (5/12/81). Magnus Svensson was the oldest player (32 years, 19 days) to make his NHL debut on March 20, 1995. Kearns registered two hits in 6:30 of ice time.

2. The Panthers have been shut out for the second straight game and have failed to score in 123:13 seconds, dating back to the third period of Monday night's game when Jason Garrison scored a power play with 3:13 left to play.

It's the third time that the Panthers have been involved in a shutout in their first six games. Unfortunately they have been on the losing end for two of them. Florida won the first game of the season 2-0 against the Islanders before falling to Washington and Buffalo.

16. Buffalo dominated on the shot count with 16 more shots while Florida proved to be the more physical team on the night, outhitting the Sabres by 16 (37-21).

35. Jose Theodore stood on his head for most of the game turning aside 35 of the 38 Buffalo shots that he saw. The 35 shots matched a season high (October 17 at Tampa).
Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek made his presence felt early and often and the Buffalo sniper converted for two, including the Game-Winning Goal in the second.

2 Goals, 1 PPG, +2, 5 Shots on 16:04
Florida looks to get their offense going when they host the New York Islanders on Saturday as the two teams play for the second time in two weeks. Florida earned the 2-0 shutout in the first game of the season on Long Island on October 8. The Islanders on the other hand look to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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