Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 39 saves, but it was not enough as Sam Reinhart scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Florida Panthers over the Sabres by a score of 3-2 inside Amerant Bank Arena on Saturday.

Tyson Jost and Jack Quinn scored for the Sabres while defensemen Rasmus Dahlin, Henri Jokiharju, Bowen Byram, and Owen Power each added an assist.

Anton Lundell and Kevin Stenlund tallied for Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves in the opposing net.


Period 1, 2:59 – Tyson Jost from Rasmus Dahlin and Henri Jokiharju (1-0, BUF)

The Sabres opened the scoring on their first shot of the game when Jost went to the net front to set a screen before deflecting a shot from Dahlin into the net. Jost’s third goal of the season gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead just under three minutes into the game.

Period 1, 5:02 – Anton Lundell from Matthew Tkachuk and Nick Cousins (1-1)

Florida tied the score 2:03 later after Lundell received a feed from Tkachuk and scored off a backhand from the hashmarks. He beat Luukkonen short side to get the Panthers on the board on their fourth shot of the game.

Period 1, 8:11 (SH) – Kevin Stenlund, unassisted (2-1, FLA)

After Cousins went to the penalty box for tripping, Stenlund gave the Panthers the lead with a shorthanded goal 14 seconds into the Sabres’ power play. Stenlund intercepted a pass at the Florida blue line and scored on the breakaway with a wrist shot under Luukkonen’s right arm.

Period 1, 9:48 (PP) – Jack Quinn from Bowen Byram and Owen Power (2-2)

The Sabres answered right back with a power-play goal from Quinn at the 9:48 mark of the opening period. Byram fired a one-timer from the point and Quinn put away the rebound to tie the score at 2-2 with his ninth goal of the season.

OT, 3:58 – Sam Reinhart from Aleksander Barkov

Reinhart tallied the game-winning goal after Barkov stripped the puck and fed him in the slot.


Don Granato addresses the media

Jordan Greenway addresses the media

Henri Jokiharju addresses the media


The Sabres close out the 2023-24 season with a matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday. 

Pregame coverage on MSG/MSG+ begins at 6:30 p.m. with puck drop scheduled for 7. Radio coverage can be found on WGR 550.