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Buffalo Sabres Fall to Florida Panthers 4-3 at First Niagara Center on Tuesday Night

January 21st, 2014 at 10:26 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Drew Stafford opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game, but the Buffalo Sabres didn't muster much of anything after that, falling to the Florida Panthers 4-3 Tuesday night at First Niagara Center.

"We need to go back to the drawing board," said Stafford. "We need to clean up our own end."

The second period saw the Sabres skate around with no effort. The Panthers routinely blocked or altered shots to render the Sabres offense useless.

"You can't play sometime, you have to play all the time," said Coach Ted Nolan. 'The other team was very opportunistic tonight.'

Buffalo had several scoring chances in the third period, including a 5-4 and 4-3 powerplay, but nothing materialized.

Team Captain Steve Ott scored his 100th career goal, but the Sabres came up short once again.

"Our game as a whole wasn't good enough," said Ott. "The turnovers killed us tonight."

When Ott was asked about luck, he had a rather surprising thing to add.

"There is no such thing as luck. It's about the hard work you put in," said Ott.

The Sabres outshot the Panthers by a total of 35-22 during tonight's game. The thing that did them in was the poor powerplay, which was 2-7.

"We didn't get any shots through tonight," said Nolan. "It was one of those games tonight"

Starting goalie Ryan Miller wasn't tested much tonight, but Florida did a great job of getting traffic in front of him. 

"I didn't do myself any favors," said Miller. " I need to get myself in better spots to make the saves."

The Sabres play their next game Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes here at First Niagara Center.

This story was written by Sabres 101 writer Richard Wade.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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