Former Sabre Brad Boyes scored the tying goal in regulation and the only goal in the shootout, leading the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 win over Buffalo at First Niagara Center on Thursday. Jhonas Enroth stopped 34 shots in the loss.
Jamie McBain opened the scoring with his third goal of the season 5:13 into the second period. After joining the rush, the Buffalo defenseman took a nice pass from Steve Ott and snapped a shot off the post and into the Florida net. The Sabres nearly went up by two goals moments later, but Tim Thomas stopped Brian Flynn on a clean-cut breakaway.
After Tomas Fleischmann hit the post twice earlier in the period, the Panthers finally tied things up near the halfway point of the third. Tom Gilbert pounced on a rebound and Boyes redirected the shot past Jhonas Enroth, making it a 1-1 game. Moments later, Florida's Drew Shore nearly gave Florida the lead, but his shot rang off the post.
Later in the period, Boyes appeared to have his second of the evening, but the goal was waved off. Behind the play, Boyes' teammate, Dmitry Kulikov, was injured by a high stick and the whistle was blown. According to the NHL, the play was not reviewable and the on-ice ruling stood. Florida came close to gaining the lead yet again in the third, but Sean Bergenheim's shot went over Enroth's glove and off the post.
Following a scoreless overtime, the two sides headed to a shootout where Boyes' chance went off the post, off Enroth and into the net for the 2-1 Panthers win. The Sabres return to action on Sunday, visiting the Washington Capitals at 3 p.m. Hear the call on WGR SportsRadio 550.
7:52 - FLA - Ed Jovanovski (2 min., interference)
13:23 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., unsportsmanlike conduct)
16:05 - FLA - Jimmy Hayes (2 min., interference)
5:13 - BUF - Jamie McBain (3) (Steve Ott, Matt D'Agostini)
14:49 - BUF - Alexander Sulzer (2 min., hooking)
16:19 - BUF - Bench minor served by Linus Omark (2 min., too many men on the ice)
9:16 - FLA - Brad Boyes (12) (Tom Gilbert, Sean Bergenheim)
2:19 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., tripping)
BUF - Tyler Ennis - MISS
FLA - Aleksander Barkov - MISS
BUF - Matt Moulson - MISS
FLA - Jonathan Huberdeau - MISS
BUF - Steve Ott - MISS
FLA - Brad Boyes - GOAL
FLA - Tim Thomas (23 saves, 24 shots)
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (34 saves, 35 shots)
FLA - 0 of 4
BUF - 0 of 2
1.) BUF - Jhonas Enroth (34 saves)
2.) BUF - Jamie McBain (1 G, 0 A)
3.) FLA - Brad Boyes (1 G, 0 A)