Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Sean Bergenheim scored the only goal of the
game to lead the Florida Panthers in their first win of the season, a 1-0
victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Roberto Luongo turned away 26 shots in his first shutout of the season for the
Panthers, who had opened the season with three straight losses.
Jhonas Enroth stopped 34 shots for the Sabres, who were coming off their first
win of the season in Carolina on Tuesday.
“We were able to create some chances tonight, but we just couldn’t get
anything through,” said Buffalo forward Chris Stewart. “We feel good with what
we’re doing, and if we work hard we’ll get things together.”
The only goal of the game came 3:01 into the second period, as Brad Boyes
worked the puck loose along the left boards and it came out to the circle,
where Bergenheim quickly wristed it in for his first of the season.
Luongo made 12 saves through the first two periods, then stopped 14 shots in
the third to preserve the shutout.
His biggest stops came during a 46-second 5-on-3 that Buffalo enjoyed in the
frame, making a stop off a deflected Tyler Myers shot while screened down low.
Florida plays in Washington on Saturday to continue its four-game road trip
… Buffalo hosts Boston on Saturday … Florida took three of four from
Buffalo last season … Luongo has 67 shutouts in his career.