The Buffalo Sabres took on the Florida Panthers at home. The last time these two teams met, the Florida Panthers won 3-2 in overtime at Florida.
The scoring started off three minutes into the game. Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart were battling the Panthers for the puck against the boards behind the Florida goalie. After Reinhart finally had breathing room and passed the puck along to Eichel. Eichel then positioned himself away from the net which drew two Panther defenders away from Jeff Skinner who was left pretty much alone in front of the net. Eichel passed to Skinner and Skinner would roof his 25th goal of the season to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead.
The neither side would score again until midway through the second period when the Panthers tied the game at 1-1. That lead would not last, as Buffalo went up 2-1 just two minutes later. From the face off dot, Eichel would win the puck and Zach Bogosian would settle it and pass it to Rasmus Ristolainen. Risto would not be denied as he battled his way towards the side of the net and flipped the puck in from a ridiculous angle for his fourth goal of the season and the Sabres second lead of the night.
The 2-1 lead would stick for the rest of the second period, but the game would get out of hand in the third. The Panthers would score three times in the first five minutes of the third period to take a 4-2 lead over the Sabres. The Sabres could not overcome the deficit and the Panthers added an insurance goal late in the third to make it 5-2. The Sabres are now 0-2 on the season series against the Panthers.
Buffalo’s next game will be on Friday in Washington D.C. against the Capitals.