The Sabres completed their sweep of their Florida Trip with a 4-3 Shootout victory, thanks to a 2 Goal Performance from Nathan Gerbe and a 40 Saves outing from Ryan Miller. Gerbe who hasn’t scored a goal since March 10th, 2011 netted his first of 2 on the night 6:30 into the game firing a wrist shot past Panthers Goalie Scott Clemmensen. The Sabres who were 0 for their last 14 PP opportunities netted a Power Play marker on their lone chance when Tyler Ennis gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead with 9 minutes left in the 1st. The Panthers like in the first meeting would quickly make the Sabres 2 goal lead disappear when Drew Shore netted a Power Play goal getting a nice bounce off the boards behind the Sabres net with 5:36 left in the period. Marcel Goc would capitalize on a Buffalo mistake behind the net to tie the game at 2 less than 2 minutes later. Gerbe would make sure the Sabres had the lead going into the intermission netting his 2nd of the night on a bad angle shot that beat Clemmensen with 3:14 left in the 1st. Clemmensen would be pulled after the Gerbe goal making only 7 saves on the night, making way for Jose Theodore.
The Sabres outshot the Panthers 11-9 in the 1st Period. The rest of the way the Panthers dominated the shot clock 34-14. The Panthers who dominated the play for most of the 2nd and 3rd Period were rewarded with 1:26 left in the game when Brian Campbell beat Ryan Miller off a face-off win by the Panthers. The game would remain tied through the overtime period and a Shootout would be needed to decide the game. Thomas Vanek who was 2nd on the Sabres list for Shootout Goals list went first for the Sabres. Vanek fired a shot past Jose Theodore tying the franchise record with 18 shootout goals. Jason Pominville would end the game in the 2nd round of the shootout after Miller stopped Jonathon Huberdeau and Peter Mueller. Miller picks up his 8th win of the season making 40 stops on the night. Jose Theodore who relieved Panthers starter Scott Clemmensen got his 3rd overtime loss on the season stopping all 15 shots he faced.
The Sabres will be back on home ice when they host Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils on Saturday Afternoon. Puck Drop is 3:00 PM and can be seen on MSG HD.