With a win tonight, the Buffalo Sabres have played the same number of games as the Ottawa Senators. The only problem for the Sens, is the Sabres have one more point, giving them the top spot in the Northeast Divison, and second place in the conference.
The Sabres only needed one period to put away the Florida Panthers tonight, in fact, they only really needed the first five minutes of that period.
A mere 1:11 into the game Mike Grier played what looked like a missed pass to Tim Kennedy right into the net.
Forty-five second later the population Pominville rose to 2 on the year, as Clemmensen saw his night come to an end.
Just under three minutes later, Matt Ellis put one past Vokoun in what would be, 45 minutes of play later, the game winner.
Myers and Vanek would add goals later in the period, and the Sabres find themselves with a slim lead in the Northeast Division.
It looked like the Sabres were going to let Florida have some life in this game, as they sat back to protect the lead and allowed Florida to get some offense going. Leading in shots 11-2 at one point in the first period, they were end up being out shot by 43-36.
The Sabres are now unbeaten on the road as they head to Tampa Bay to play the second game of this Florida road trip.
While Miller looked very slow on the puck for the Panthers first goal, he continue to be at the top of his game throughout, keeping his team’s lead in the contest sacred for several key minutes of play.
The Sabres were also able to kill off, quite handedly a five on three power play.
If it weren’t for the score of the game, I am sure Lindy Ruff would have had a problem with all of the penalties taken tonight, and I am sure it is something he will take care of in the next practice.