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Vanek’s 2 Goals help Sabres tame Panthers 3-0

The Sabres keep up their winning ways on the road with a dominate 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers Tonight. Thomas Vanek scored twice on the Night(1 PPG) and Jason Pominville added 3 Points(1G, 2A). Vanek’s first of the night came 2:33 into the 2nd Period when he redirected a Jason Pominville shot past Jose Theodore. Jason Pominville would put the Sabres up 2-0 after receiving a cross-ice pass from Ville Leino on a 2 on 0 in front of Theodore with a little over 3 minutes left in the frame. Vanek would chip in a Power Play marker late in the 3rd Period on a great Slap Shot. Ryan Miller had an easy night stopping all 22 shots earning his 4th win of the season and his 1st shutout. Jose Theodore was good for the Panthers making 35 saves.

The Sabres return to action on Saturday Night when they visit Steven Stamkos on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 PM in the first half of a home and home series. Game can be seen on MSG HD with Pregame starting at 7:00 PM.

Buffalo Looks to Keep Perfect Road Record Versus Panthers

  7:30 PM

Last Game:
Florida: Oct 18 @ Washington-Panthers Lost 0-3

Buffalo: Oct 18 @ Montreal-Sabres Won 3-1

Record:
Florida: 3-2-0
Buffalo: 4-1-0

Points:
Florida: 6
Buffalo: 8

Rank In Conference:
Florida: 9th
Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:
Florida: 29.6(2nd)
Buffalo: 18.8(T-11th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Florida: 84.6(14th)
Buffalo: 90.0(6th)

Goals For:
Florida: 13(T-16th)
Buffalo: 17(T-5th)

Goals Against:
Florida: 13(T-13th)
Buffalo: 10(T-8th)

Shots For:
Florida: 154(T-15th)
Buffalo: 144(20th)

Shots Against:
Florida: 157(17th)
Buffalo: 169(22nd)

Blocked Shots:
Florida: 53(29th)
Buffalo: 73(17th)

Hits:
Florida: 120(12th)
Buffalo: 74(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Florida: 50.7(12th)
Buffalo: 49.2(19th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:
Florida: Versteeg and Weiss(3), Garrison(2), 5 Players with (1)
Buffalo: Vanek(4), Adam and Stafford(3), 7 Players With(1)

Assists:
Florida: Campbell(7), Versteeg(4), Weiss(3), 3 Players with (2)
Buffalo: Pominville(5), Ehrhoff and Vanek(4), Adam, Roy, Gerbe(3)

Points:
Florida: Versteeg and Campbell(7), Weiss(6), Fleischmann Jovanovski(3)
Buffalo: Vanek(8), Adam and Pominville(6), Stafford and Ehrhoff(5)

Plus/Minus:
Florida: Fleischmann, Versteeg, Weaver(+1)
Buffalo: Sekera(+5), Gerbe, Roy, Pominville(+4), Vanek, Leopold, Gragnani(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Florida: Gudbranson(24), Upshall(17), Carter(6), Kulikov, Fleischmann, Bergenheim(4)
Buffalo: Gaustad(9), Vanek(8), McCormick(7), Roy and Ehrhoff(6)

Shots:
Florida: Weiss and Versteeg(16), Bergenheim(15), Skille(14), Booth(13)
Buffalo: Vanek(22), Pominville(14), Stafford(13), Ehrhoff and Adam(12)

Blocked Shots:
Florida: Weaver(10), Campbell and Garrison(9), Jovanovski(5), Kulikov(4)
Buffalo: Regehr(14), Ehrhoff(10), Leopold and Myers(7), Pominville(6)

Hits:
Florida: Bergenheim(13), Bradley(12), Upshall(11), Booth(10)
Buffalo: Regehr(14), McCormick(7), Myers, Ehrhoff, Gerbe, Kaleta(6)

Face-Off Wins:
Florida: Weiss(50), Goc(45), Kopecky(21), Carter(12), Matthias(11)
Buffalo: Roy and Gaustad(49), Adam(22), Leino(16), Pominville(14)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Florida: Jose Theodore 3-1-0 2.47 GAA .920 SV% 1 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 3-1-0 2.01 GAA .942 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 25 @ Buffalo-Sabres Won 4-2

Season Series: Panthers Won 2-1-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 40-24-4
All-Time at FLA: Sabres Lead 17-15-1

Caps stay perfect by blanking Panthers 3-0
Tomas Vokoun was clearly fired up to face his former team Tuesday night.
Vokoun, who signed with the Washington Capitals during the offseason, blanked the Florida Panthers with a 20-save performance in a 3-0 victory at the Verizon Center. With the victory, the Caps improved to 5-0-0 on the season, the best start in franchise history.
Marcus Johansson, Alexander Semin and Jason Chimera scored for the Capitals, who led just 1-0 after 40 minutes.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020070

Miller stops 40 shots in Sabres’ 3-1 win over Habs
Ryan Miller was the lone reason the Buffalo Sabres got out of Montreal on Tuesday night with two points, and his teammates know it.
Miller almost singlehandedly kept the Sabres in the game with 39 saves, including 29 through two periods, making goals by Jordan Leopold and Thomas Vanek stand up in a 3-1 win against the Canadiens.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020072

Injury Report:
Florida: Clemmensen Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Santorelli Shoulder(IR/Out), Bergenheim Undisclosed(Questionable)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Oct 22 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 25 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD, TSN 2 HD)
Oct 27 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 29 vs. Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD, TSN 2 HD)

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