Gamenight: Girgensons scores, Sabres trail Florida 3-2

February 1, 2018

First Period

15:22 - The Panthers look like the fresher team early. They are trying to take the play to Buffalo and forcing the play in the Sabres' zone. 

14:30 - Ryan O'Reilly wins an offensive zone face-off and Jamie McCann takes down Jack Eichel below the goal line. This is a good chance for the blue and gold to get on the scoresheet while on the man advantage.

12:58 - SABRES GOAL. This time the blue and gold would not be denied. Seconds after having what looked like a goal ruled no goal, Ryan O'Reilly nets the game's first goal. It is fitting, because he has been active early in this game for Buffalo. 1-0 BUF.

9:38 - Florida will enjoy a 5-on-3 power play for 1:55 as Johan Larsson is called for holding Denis Maglan's stick, and then five seconds later Marco Scandella back hands a pass all the way from his own zone into the protective netting behind the Florida goal. 

8:54 - PANTHERS GOAL. Keith Yandle took the shot from the right wing face-off dot, but the pass by Sasha Barkov was equally impressive. The forward looked off all three Buffalo defenders through the slot and passed the puck to the defenseman who left no doubt by burying the wrister into the back of the net. 1-1 tie

5:31 - PANTHERS GOAL. Another power play for Florida, another goal for the visitors. This time it is off of a face-off win in the offensive zone and Mike Matheson is able to sneak the puck through a little bit of traffic to give Florida the lead. 2-1 FLA.

1:49 - PANTHERS GOAL. Some poor defensive zone coverage takes the first period from bad to worse as Denis Malgin is able to skate to the front of the net all by himself and beats Chad Johnson who sprawled to make the save. There was nothing the Buffalo netminder could have done. 3-1 FLA.

Goal Summary

BUF: 7:02 - Ryan O'Reilly (14) (Sam Reinhart, Kyle Okposo)
FLA: 11:06 - Keith Yandle (6) PPG (Alexander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck). 14:29 - Mike Matheson (4) PPG (Nick Bjugstad). 18:11 - Denis Maglin (8) (Keith Yandle, Jonathan Huberdeau)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 10:22 - Johan Larsson (2 min., holding the stick). 10:27 - Marco Scandella (2 min., delay of game). 13:43 - Team (2 min., too many men on the ice). 19:02 - Evander Kane (2 min., hooking)
FLA:  5:30 - Jared McCann (2 min., tripping)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 11, FLA - 16

Second Period

19:28 - SABRES GOAL. Buffalo has come out with a purpose this period, and did not let an outnumbered situation with carryover penalty kill time get in their way. Zemgus Girgensons unloads a blast and gets the team back within a goal. A good start, they need to pounce. 3-2 FLA.