The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Florida Panthers 3-1 in Sunrise, Fla., on Friday night.
The first period opened up with the Panthers dominating the chances, but the Sabres had several shots at putting a puck in the net including a 2-on-1 in which Drew Stafford hit the post.
Jhonas Enroth was strong to start the game, stopping 17 of 18 shots in the first period and only allowing one goal against. Florida's goal came on a crossing pass by Sean Bergenheim, tapped in by Jesse Winchester.
The Panthers dominated the beginning of the second period, but Enroth was strong again, thwarting several great opportunities. At 13:32 of the second, Rasmus Ristolainen scored the first goal of his career on a wrist shot from the blue line that found the back of the net.
The Sabres and Panthers finished the second period knotted at one. During the period, Mike Weber suffered an upper body injury. It was announced that he would not return.
In the third period, the Sabres got more shots to the net, one of which resulted in the game-winning goal by Steve Ott. The Sabres' co-captain tipped in a point shot from Christian Ehrhoff.
13:58 - FLA - Jesse Winchester (2)
Assists: Sean Bergenheim, Erik Gudbranson
7:58 - BUF - Nikita Zadorov: 2 Minutes for Hooking Marcel Goc
19:55 - FLA - Brad Boyes: 2 Minutes for Hooking Christian Ehrhoff
20:00 - BUF - Steve Ott: 5 Minute Major for Fighting Erik Gudbranson
20:00 - FLA - Erik Gudbranson: 5 Minute Major for Fighting Steve Ott
13:32 - BUF - Rasmus Ristolainen (1)
Erik Gudbranson: 5 Minute Major for Fighting Cody McCormick
Cody McCormick: 5 Minute Major for Fighting Erik Gudbranson
Mikhail Grigorenko: 2 Minutes for Hooking Kris Versteeg
12:42 - BUF - Steve Ott (1)
Assists: Christian Ehrhoff, Marcus Foligno
19:13 BUF - Cody Hodgson (4) (Empty Net)
Assist: Cody McCormick
BUF - Enroth - 44 saves on 45 shots
FLA - Markstrom - 18 saves on 20 shots
J. Enroth (Sabres - G): Saves: 44, Save Pct.: .978
S. Ott (Sabres - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0
J. Winchester (Panthers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0