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Aleksander Barkov had a purpose and two assists, and the Florida Panthers gained their third straight sport, beating the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 on Monday evening.
Anthony Duclair added a purpose and an help. Noel Acciari, Carter Verhaeghe, and Patric Hornqvist additionally scored throughout a four-goal second interval.
“We received to the second, we received our legs going, and that’s once we play our greatest,” Duclair stated. “We sort of noticed that when the boys are transferring round, passing the puck fairly nicely.”
Mason Marchment had three assists, and Sam Reinhart one in his first sport again in Buffalo following an offseason commerce.
Former Sabre Brandon Montour opened the scoring for the Panthers, who lead the NHL in aver.ng greater than 4 objectives per sport. They’ve outscored opponents 15-3 throughout their win streak.
Spencer Knight made 28 saves to win his first Panthers begin since Feb. 1 after getting referred to as up from the minors.
“It’s good to see him again,” Duclair stated. “He’s clearly a really expert and gifted goalie, and we’re simply fortunate to have him.”
Florida opened a back-to-back journey with its fourth consecutive highway victory and eighth in 10 video games away from dwelling. The Panthers (38-13-5) moved forward of Tampa Bay (37-12-6) within the Atlantic Division with 81 factors and a further sport performed.
John Hayden tipped in Rasmus Asplund’s shot for Buffalo’s lone purpose, ending Knight’s bid for his first NHL shutout with 6:15 left within the third interval. Craig Anderson stopped 25 pictures for the Sabres, who misplaced their second in a row following a two-game streak and dropped to 2-8-0 of their final 10 video games.
“I’ve already seemed on the calendar and see that we play them two extra instances,” Sabres coach Don Granato stated. “I’ll remind our guys of this sport, and it’s a measuring stick for us.”
The Panthers scored their tenth power-play purpose in eight video games, and Jonathan Huberdeau recorded his NHL-best 59th help when he arrange Barkov for his team-leading twenty sixth purpose at 6:50 of the third interval.
“We did sufficient,” Panthers interim coach Andrew Brunette stated. “I believe we are able to perform a little extra. I believed we responded at instances once we wanted to reply. We put indicators of a extremely good staff, that possibly while you’re not at your greatest, however you discover moments within the sport to take management.”
Florida constructed a 5-0 lead halfway by the second interval by scoring 4 instances in a span of 6:48.
The surge began 5:54 into the interval when Acciari scored his first in 4 video games since getting back from a preseason shoulder harm. Barkov fed Duclair for his twenty second on an influence play 1:45 later. After 4 scoreless minutes, Verhaeghe netted his seventeenth and Hornqvist his ninth 1:03 aside.
Barkov’s move from behind the web arrange Montour within the slot for the Panthers’ league-best 73rd first-period purpose 5:22 into the sport.
The Panthers out-hot their opponent for the thirteenth consecutive sport regardless of the Sabres having an 11-3 benefit within the first interval.
“We didn’t like our first in any respect,” Duclair stated. “We simply talked amongst ourselves within the locker room and stated we’ve received to be method higher.”
Former Sabres Reinhart and Montour had been within the beginning lineup and acquired an ovation from the group after being proven on the video scoreboard at a stoppage in play throughout the first interval. Scratched goalie Jonas Johansson additionally was acknowledged within the video.
The Sabres’ main scorer final season, Reinhart returned to Buffalo for the primary time since getting traded to the Panthers in July for a 2022 first-round decide. The second total decide within the 2014 draft appeared in 454 video games over seven seasons with the Sabres.
“It’s good coming again,” Reinhart stated earlier than the sport. “It looks like a very long time in the past, particularly at the moment of yr while you’ve performed so many video games with a brand new staff.”
It was additionally the primary time again in Buffalo for Montour, who was traded to the Panthers final April after enjoying 112 video games with the Sabres.
ONE FOR THE AGES
The goaltender matchup between the 20-year-old Knight and 40-year-old Anderson was the biggest age unfold in an NHL sport since 2007.
Anderson appeared in 48 video games for the Panthers from 2007-09. The NHL’s oldest goalie is one victory away from 300 for his profession.
Panthers: Rookie F Anton Lundell went to the dressing room within the first interval with a lower-body harm and didn’t return after being knocked down by Buffalo’s Mattias Samuelsson. “I believe it’s not critical, however we’ll see,” Brunette stated. … F Ryan Lomberg (undisclosed harm) is predicted “again fairly quickly” after being positioned on injured reserve Sunday, in response to Brunette.
Sabres: F Alex Tuch remained within the lineup after being listed as a game-time resolution following his head-first collision with the purpose publish within the third interval of Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Tuch stated Monday that he was in ache after the sport, however medical assessments confirmed no structural injury to his neck or indicators of a concussion.
Panthers: At Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Sabres: Host Vegas on Thursday in first assembly with Jack Eichel since Buffalo traded the previous captain to the Golden Knights in December.