FLA Florida Panthers 5
Florida Panthers Panthers Overall (13-19)
ATS (16-16)
O/U (17-12-3)
December 18 2018
- FS-FL
BUF Buffalo Sabres 2
Buffalo Sabres Sabres Overall (20-15)
ATS (22-13)
O/U (18-15-2)
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
123
2467 Florida Panthers EVEN Under -105 (+1.5) -245 Cover: 4.5
014
2468 Buffalo Sabres -120 Over -115 (-1.5) +205 OVER: 7
110
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
2467 FLA EVEN Under: -105 (+1.5) -245 Cover: 4.5
2468 BUF -120 Over: -115 (-1.5) +205 OVER: 7
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/19/2018
10:17 AM
BUF
-120
FLA
EVEN
12/17/2018
7:27 PM
BUF
-130
FLA
+110
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/19/2018
10:17 AM
BUF(-1.5)
+205
FLA
-245
12/17/2018
7:27 PM
BUF(-1.5)
+205
FLA
-245
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/19/2018
10:17 AM
6
-115
6
-105
12/17/2018
7:27 PM
6
-115
6
-105
Recap

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Florida Panthers got the third-period response they were looking for, and they continued their dominance over the Buffalo Sabres.

Evgenii Dadonov had two goals and an assist, including the go-ahead tally on a penalty shot, as the Panthers scored three quick goals to open the final period and picked up their seventh straight win over the Sabres, 5-2 on Tuesday night. Florida had previously been outscored 42-23 in the third period, the worst margin in the NHL.

"We've been in that situation so many times this year ... letting a game fall again," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "It was important. I think we're learning from our mistakes."

Troy Brouwer, Aleksander Barkov and Frank Vatrano also scored for the Panthers, who scored three goals in a span of 2:44 in the third period. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.

Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Buffalo. Carter Hutton made 31 saves.

The game turned late in the second period following a tripping penalty by Skinner on Barkov.

Barkov briefly left the game and defenseman Keith Yandle went after Skinner, grabbing him and dropping his gloves while drawing a roughing penalty as Skinner backed off. Later replays showed that Barkov's skate blade buckled and it wasn't a dirty play by Skinner.

"I thought it was worse than it was," Yandle said.

Both players — and the Panthers as a team — responded to open the third. As Yandle was booed loudly, the defenseman's long shot was deflected into the net by Barkov for a power-play goal 58 seconds in to make it 2-2.

Less than two minutes later, Dadonov converted on a penalty shot after he was taken down by defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on a breakaway. Dadonov's shot was initially stopped by Hutton, but he never secured the puck and it trickled past the goal line to make it 3-2.

"Sometimes it takes a bounce to get your team going and that one really helped us," Yandle said.

Vatrano completed the flurry 4:42 into the third. After Dadonov circled around the Buffalo net, Vatrano buried Dadonov's rebound to give the Panthers a 4-2 lead.

Dadonov added an empty-net goal with 2:30 remaining.

Skinner opened the scoring on his 25th goal of the season 3:48 into the game, finishing a feed from the corner by Jack Eichel. With the goal, Skinner topped his goal total from last season (24) in just 35 games.

Eichel and Skinner extended their point streaks to seven games on the opening goal.

"I thought we lost sight of our game maybe a bit there," Eichel said. "All of a sudden you're down a few goals. It just seems like we lost momentum. It's frustrating, we're at home, we've got to find a way to have a better third period than that."

Brouwer evened the score midway through the second period off two fortunate bounces in the Buffalo end. After Jared McCann's initial shot on a 3-on-1 went behind the net, Brouwer flung the rebound off Hutton's skate and into the net from a hard angle.

Ristolainen made it 2-1 with 8:52 left in the second on a misstep by Luongo, tucking a shot inside the near post from close range.

Sabres veteran Jason Pominville was injured six minutes into the third period after an accidental collision with Ristolainen. Pominville made his way slowly to the locker room and did not return.

"Obviously you know that I didn't see him," Ristolainen said.

Sabres coach Phil Housley had no update on the injury after the game.

NOTES: Sam Reinhart recorded his 100th career assist on Buffalo's opening goal. ... Panthers coach Bob Boughner played in 177 games for the Sabres from 1996-98. D Nathan Beaulieu and LW Remi Elie were scratched for Buffalo. ... C Colton Sceviour, Nick Bjugstad and D Bogdan Kiselevich were scratched for Florida. ... The next meeting between these teams will be Jan. 3 in Buffalo.

UP NEXT

Panthers: At Toronto on Thursday.

Sabres: At Washington on Friday.

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Matchup
Panthers Overall
W/L 13-19
ATS 16-16
Goals For 3.3
Goals Against 3.6
Total 17-12-3
Panthers Away
W/L 6-10
ATS 10-6
Goals For 3.1
Goals Against 4.0
Total 9-6-1
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Sabres Overall
W/L 20-15
ATS 22-13
Goals For 3.1
Goals Against 2.9
Total 18-15-2
Sabres Home
W/L 11-6
ATS 8-9
Goals For 3.1
Goals Against 2.9
Total 10-7
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Game Summary
1st Period
BUF 16:12 GOAL scored by Jeff Skinner assisted by Jack Eichel and Sam ReinhartFLA 0 BUF 1
FLA 12:01 Penalty to Jared McCann 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Vladimir Sobotka)
BUF 4:54 Penalty to Rasmus Ristolainen 2 minutes for Slashing (Drawn by Aleksander Barkov Jr.)
2nd Period
FLA 16:22 Penalty to Jared McCann 2 minutes for Delay of Game
FLA 10:43 GOAL scored by Troy Brouwer assisted by Jared McCann and Michael MathesonFLA 1 BUF 1
BUF 8:52 GOAL scored by Rasmus Ristolainen assisted by Sam Reinhart and Jeff SkinnerFLA 1 BUF 2
BUF 5:51 Penalty to Jeff Skinner 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Aleksander Barkov Jr.)
FLA 3:25 Penalty to Keith Yandle 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Jeff Skinner)
BUF 00:51 Penalty to Kyle Okposo 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Keith Yandle)
3rd Period
FLA 19:02 Power play - GOAL scored by Aleksander Barkov Jr. assisted by Keith Yandle and Jonathan HuberdeauFLA 2 BUF 2
FLA 16:30 GOAL scored by Evgenii Dadonov (Penalty Shot)FLA 3 BUF 2
FLA 15:18 GOAL scored by Frank Vatrano assisted by Evgenii Dadonov and Henrik BorgstromFLA 4 BUF 2
BUF 10:48 Penalty to Zemgus Girgensons 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Micheal Haley)
FLA 10:48 Penalty to Micheal Haley 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Zemgus Girgensons)
FLA 2:30 GOAL scored by Evgenii Dadonov assisted by Aleksander Barkov Jr. and Jonathan Huberdeau (Empty Net)FLA 5 BUF 2
Box Score
Panthers
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Troy Brouwer (RW) 101300:0014:44
Denis Malgin (C) 000000:0010:06
Jayce Hawryluk (C) 000000:007:55
Henrik Borgstrom (LW) 011010:0014:48
Aleksander Barkov (C) 112410:0020:51
Jonathan Huberdeau (LW) 022100:0020:43
Micheal Haley (LW) 000105:008:19
Jared McCann (C) 011514:0016:15
Evgenii Dadonov (LW) 213800:0017:01
Mike Hoffman (LW) 000000:0019:05
Frank Vatrano (C) 101420:0013:31
Juho Lammikko (RW) 000110:0014:51

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
MacKenzie Weegar (D) 000210:0019:28
Alex Petrovic (D) 000010:0014:10
Aaron Ekblad (D) 000400:0022:09
Michael Matheson (D) 011110:0020:48
Mark Pysyk (D) 000020:0019:01
Keith Yandle (D) 011202:0020:36

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Roberto Luongo (G) 30/322.938WIN
James Reimer (G) 0/00.000
Sabres
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Zemgus Girgensons (LW) 000105:0012:13
Jeff Skinner (LW) 112512:0020:25
Evan Rodrigues (LW) 000200:0014:36
Johan Larsson (C) 000400:0016:03
Jason Pominville (RW) 000000:007:20
Sam Reinhart (RW) 022100:0021:10
Conor Sheary (LW) 000200:0012:18
Jack Eichel (C) 011400:0020:23
Vladimir Sobotka (LW) 000000:0014:10
Tage Thompson (RW) 000000:0011:46
Kyle Okposo (RW) 000102:0012:43
Casey Mittelstadt (C) 000300:0012:40

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Zach Bogosian (D) 000320:0023:02
Marco Scandella (D) 000010:0019:22
Rasmus Ristolainen (D) 101402:0024:19
Brendan Guhle (D) 000000:0011:22
Rasmus Dahlin (D) 000210:0025:55
Matt Hunwick (D) 000000:0015:20

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Linus Ullmark (G) 0/00.000
Carter Hutton (G) 31/354.886LOSS
Officials
Linesmen Shandor Alphonso
Linesmen Libor Suchanek
Referee Graham Skilliter
Referee Gord Dwyer