Panthers upend Sabres 3-2 in overtime

Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart score in the loss

Pat Malacaro
November 30, 2018 - 7:10 pm

Photo: Terry Renna - Associated Press


The Florida Panthers scored two unanswered goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Friday night at the BB&T Center.  

Jeff Skinner scored his 20th goal of the season that gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Sam Reinhart made the cross-ice pass in the offensive zone that helped open up the net for Skinner. Reinhart and Jack Eichel were credited with the assists on the game's first goal.

The first penalty of the game was taken by Rasmus Ristolainen. Buffalo's rear guard was called for interference. The blue and gold were able to kill off the minor to preserve their one-goal lead. Later in the period, Rasmus Dahlin was called for a hooking minor, sending the Sabres back to the penalty kill.

However, a Jared McCann shot on the power play was tipped on the way to the net and was able to reach the net to tie the game at 1-1. McCann's shot hit the stick of Zach Bogosian on its way into the net with Dahlin in the penalty box. Michael Matheson and Frank Vatrano assisted on the special teams goal.

Reinhart notched his second point of the night early in the second period, scoring his sixth goal of the year to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead. It came after Eichel chipped the puck to the front of the net. He and Linus Ullmark were given assists on the score.

The Panthers, once again, drew even with Buffalo thanks to a power play goal, this time in the third period. Evgenii Dadanov was able to sweep a rebound chance into the net for his 11th goal of the season, making the score 2-2. Jonathan Huberdeau and Keith Yandle assisted on the goal that came with nearly eight minutes to go in regulation.

In overtime, Florida used tic-tac-toe passing to create the game's last score. Huberdeau made a pass in the offensive zone in the 3-on-3 session to Aleksander Barkov. The Panthers' captain did not miss on the opportunity to give the team the 3-2 win. Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad assisted on the goal. 

Buffalo had two shots on goal in the overtime, while Florida scored on their lone shot.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 10:55 - Jeff Skinner (20) (Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel)
FLA: 18:31 - Jared McCann (5) PPG (Michael Matheson)

Second Period:

BUF: 2:41 - Sam Reinhart (6) PPG (Jack Eichel, Linus Ullmark)

Third Period:

FLA: 11:56 - Evgenii Dadanov (11) PPG (Jonathan Huberdeau, Keith Yandle)


FLA: 2:26 - Aleksader Barkov (9) (Jonathan Huberdeau, Aaron Ekblad)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 11:48 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Interference - 2 min.); 16:40 - Rasmus Dahlin (Hooking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 18:19 - Patrik Berglund (Holding - 2 min.)
FLA: 2:04 - Nick Bjugstad (High sticking - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 11:48 - Casey Nelson (High sticking - 2 min.)
FLA: 2:29 - Aaron Ekblad (Tripping - 2 min.); 13:11 - Alex Petrovic (Boarding - 2 min.)



Shots on Goal:

BUF: 24 (6, 9, 7, 2) 
FLA: 43 (14, 12, 16, 1)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 40 saves
FLA: James Reimer - 22 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 4 (25%)
FLA: 2 for 4 (50%)

Three Stars:

  1. Aleksander Barkov - FLA
  2. Linus Ullmark - BUF
  3. Evgenii Dadonov - FLA

What's Next:

The Sabres will close out their three-game road trip on Monday night in Nashville. Buffalo and the Predators will drop the puck at eight o'clock on the flagship home on the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage with Brian Koziol starts our coverage at 7 p.m.

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